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Cinema Saturdays: An Evening with Marlon Riggs

Aug 3, 2019, 5:00pm


Join us for a screening of a series of short films by Marlon Riggs, whose work is on display in About Face: Stonewall, Revolt and New Queer Art. This Cinema Saturday will feature Anthem, Affirmations, and Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien (No Regret).

This screening will run from 5:00 – 7:00pm with doors opening at 4:30pm.


Marlon Riggs’ experimental music video Anthem politicizes the homoeroticism of African-American men. With images—sensual, sexual, and defiant—and words intended to provoke, Anthem reasserts the “self-evident right” to life and liberty in an era of pervasive anti-gay, anti-Black backlash and hysterical cultural repression.

An exploration of Black gay male desires and dreams. Affirmations starts with an affectionate, humorous confessional and moves on to a wish for empowerment and incorporation.

The final film shown in this series is Non, je ne regrette rien (No Regret). Through music, poetry, and quiet, at times, chilling self-disclosure, five positive Black gay men speak of their individual confrontation with AIDS, illuminating the difficult journey Black men throughout America have made in coping with the personal and social devastation of the epidemic.

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