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Race, Sex & Cinema: The World of Marlon Riggs

 
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Feb 6—Feb 14, 2019
 
   
 
 
 
 
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An artist of extraordinary courage and vision, Marlon Riggs (1957–1994) gave cinematic voice to gay black men at a time in America when to be either was to be denied one’s full humanity. Defying the culture of silence and shame that pervaded the era of the AIDS crisis, Riggs created vibrantly expressive, innovative works that broke down the divide between documentary and personal essay to explore issues of race, sexuality, identity, and representation. When he became a lightning rod for controversy in the conservative culture wars of the 1980s and early 1990s, Riggs remained unbowed even as his health failed, working tirelessly to bring the richness of the queer African-American experience to the screen. Twenty-five years after his death, his voice remains vital, as seen in this complete retrospective which brings together all of Riggs’ films alongside those of his contemporaries, key influences, and those whom he in turn inspired and who carry on his legacy. Special thanks to program advisor Vivian Kleiman


 
 
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Race, Sex & Cinema: The World of Marlon Riggs
Riggs was a master of distilling difficult ideas into accessible and gripping dispatches.


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I Shall Not Be Removed
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I Shall Not Be Removed + Long Train Running
Fri, Feb 8, 2019
 
I Shall Not Be Removed + Long Train Running
Fri, Feb 8, 2019
 
A heartfelt tribute to the life and work of trailblazing black gay filmmaker Marlon Riggs is presented alongside his first film, an award-winning documentary on the unique Oakland blues scene.
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The Complete Electronic Diaries
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The Electronic Diaries + Shorts
Wed, Feb 13, 2019
 
The Electronic Diaries + Shorts
Wed, Feb 13, 2019
 
From a proto-YouTube VHS confessional to an ecstatic experiment in perception, this program spotlights form-challenging artists whose films inspired Riggs’ forward-thinking video work.
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PAST EVENTS
Tongues Untied
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Tongues Untied: 30th Anniversary Screening
 

“Black men loving black men is the revolutionary act.”

Wed, Feb 6, 2019
 
 
Ethnic Notions
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Ethnic Notions
 

An unflinching, essential look at the history and legacy of black stereotypes.

Thu, Feb 7, 2019
CURATOR'S CHOICE
 
 
Color Adjustment
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Color Adjustment
 

A provocative deconstruction of black representation in the age of primetime television.

Thu, Feb 7, 2019
 
 
Black Is... Black Ain't
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Black Is... Black Ain't
 

Riggs’ final film is a moving call for communion among black Americans.

Feb 8—Feb 10, 2019
 
 
Tongues Untied
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Tongues Untied + Anthem + The Attendant
 

Bold, stylistically audacious statements of black gay love and desire.

Feb 9—Feb 11, 2019
 
 
Moonlight
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Moonlight + Affirmations
 

Barry Jenkins’ instant classic Oscar winner and Riggs’ poetic ode to black gay liberation.

Sat, Feb 9, 2019
 
 
 Anthem
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Reel Impact: Marlon Riggs and AIDS Activism
 

Powerful, poetic celebrations of the love and humanity of black, gay, HIV-positive men.

Sun, Feb 10, 2019
 
 
BALDWIN’S NIGGER
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Shorts Program: James Baldwin Around The World
 

Rare portraits of the transformative writer and thinker in London, Istanbul, and Paris.

Sun, Feb 10, 2019
 
 
Reassemblage
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La Ofrenda + Reassemblage
 

Documentary as personal exploration in works by Lourdes Portillo and Trinh T. Minh-ha.

Mon, Feb 11, 2019
 
 
Brother To Brother
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Brother To Brother: 15th Anniversary Screening
 

A drama about the struggles and courage of gay black artists from the 1920s to today.

Tue, Feb 12, 2019
 
 
Hide and Seek
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Hide and Seek + Janine
 

Poignant and perceptive portraits of lesbian adolescence.

Wed, Feb 13, 2019
 
 
Notes on Gesture
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Shorts Program: Under The Influence
 

Vibrant, innovative works by contemporary black and queer filmmakers.

Thu, Feb 14, 2019