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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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Tongues Untied: 30th Anniversary Screening
Wed, Feb 6, 2019
 
Tongues Untied: 30th Anniversary Screening
Wed, Feb 6, 2019
 

Riggs’ bold and beautiful essay film is a radical act of representation, combining poetry, performance, music, and montage into an at once personal and universal statement on the experiences of black gay men.

+ Post-screening discussion with longtime Riggs collaborator Vivian Kleiman and filmmakers Yance Ford and Thomas Allen Harris, moderated by historian Tavia Nyong’o
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Ethnic Notions
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Ethnic Notions
Thu, Feb 7, 2019
 
Ethnic Notions
Thu, Feb 7, 2019
CURATOR'S CHOICE
 

This essential documentary examines black stereotypes throughout American history, illustrating how racist caricatures infiltrated the popular imagination and robbed African-Americans of their humanity.

+ Post-screening discussion with journalist Steven W. Thrasher, professor Racquel Gates, and Ashley Clark
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Color Adjustment
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Color Adjustment
Thu, Feb 7, 2019
 
Color Adjustment
Thu, Feb 7, 2019
 

This provocative deconstruction of African-American representation in the age of primetime TV illuminates how, even as portrayals of black lives grew increasingly mainstream, they remained no less insidious.

+ Intro by professor Herman Gray
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Black Is... Black Ain't
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Black Is... Black Ain't
Feb 8—Feb 10, 2019
 
Black Is... Black Ain't
Feb 8—Feb 10, 2019
 

Riggs’ final film powerfully confronts divisions within the black community, confronting sexism, homophobia, and colorism as it makes a moving call for communion.

+ Feb 8—Intro by filmmaker Katherine Cheairs; Feb 10—Intro by archivist and author Steven G. Fullwood
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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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Tongues Untied
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Tongues Untied + Anthem + The Attendant
Feb 9—Feb 11, 2019
 
Tongues Untied + Anthem + The Attendant
Feb 9—Feb 11, 2019
 

These stylistically audacious works from Riggs and artist Isaac Julien blend music, poetry, and history into bold statements of black gay love and desire.

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Moonlight
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Moonlight + Affirmations
Sat, Feb 9, 2019
 
Moonlight + Affirmations
Sat, Feb 9, 2019
 

The spirit of Riggs courses through Barry Jenkins’ Oscar-winning instant classic, screening with the late artist’s stirringly poetic portrait of black gay men fighting for visibility and liberation.

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 Anthem
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Reel Impact: Marlon Riggs and AIDS Activism
Sun, Feb 10, 2019
 
Reel Impact: Marlon Riggs and AIDS Activism
Sun, Feb 10, 2019
 

At the height of the AIDS epidemic, Riggs defied conservative fear-mongering with these powerful, poetic works that celebrate the love and humanity of black, gay, HIV-positive men.

+ Post-screening discussion with journalist Steven W. Thrasher, artist Kiyan Williams, filmmaker Katherine Cheairs, and writer Darnell Moore
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BALDWIN’S NIGGER
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Shorts Program: James Baldwin Around The World
Sun, Feb 10, 2019
 
Shorts Program: James Baldwin Around The World
Sun, Feb 10, 2019
 

This program brings together rare portraits of the transformative writer and thinker who, like Riggs, fearlessly explored the tensions between American society, black identity, and queer sexuality.

+ Intro by writer Tobi Haslett
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Reassemblage
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La Ofrenda + Reassemblage
Mon, Feb 11, 2019
 
La Ofrenda + Reassemblage
Mon, Feb 11, 2019
 

Like Riggs, visionary experimentalists Lourdes Portillo and Trinh T. Minh-ha explode the boundaries of documentary filmmaking to explore personal questions of identity and representation.

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Brother To Brother
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Brother To Brother: 15th Anniversary Screening
Tue, Feb 12, 2019
 
Brother To Brother: 15th Anniversary Screening
Tue, Feb 12, 2019
 

Bringing to life the world and personalities of the Harlem Renaissance, this luminous, empowering drama beautifully portrays the struggles and courage of gay black artists from the 1920s to the present.

+ Post-screening discussion with director Rodney Evans
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Hide and Seek
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Hide and Seek + Janine
Wed, Feb 13, 2019
 
Hide and Seek + Janine
Wed, Feb 13, 2019
 

Queer cinema pioneers Su Friedrich and Cheryl Dunye explore the joys and struggles of lesbian adolescence.

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The Complete Electronic Diaries
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The Complete Electronic Diaries + Shorts
Wed, Feb 13, 2019
 
The Complete 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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Notes on Gesture
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Shorts Program: Under The Influence
Thu, Feb 14, 2019
 
Shorts Program: Under The Influence
Thu, Feb 14, 2019
 

Riggs’ legacy lives on in vibrant, innovative works by contemporary black and queer filmmakers.

+ Post-screening discussion with various filmmakers, moderated by scholar and curator Vivian Crockett
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