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Marlon Riggs At 60: A Retrospective

  • Auburn Avenue Research Library 101 Auburn Avenue Northeast Atlanta, GA, 30303 United States (map)

To celebrate black gay filmmaker Marlon Riggs' 60th birthday and in anticipation of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, the Counter Narrative Project will commemorate the life, legacy and work through a retrospective of this brilliant artist. 

Marlon Riggs pushed the boundaries of documentary film with his critically acclaimed, award winning works such as Tongues Untied and Black Is...Black Ain't that revealed his daring aesthetic and moral vision. His films often grappled with such issues as racism, homophobia, patriarchy and HIV. As an artist, Riggs gave voice to issues impacting black communities that had previously gone unspoken, and for that, we want to honor his courage. 

The retrospective will feature two of his most iconic works: Ethnic Notions (1987) and Tongues Untied (1989). Ethnic Notions examines anti-Black stereotypes in popular culture from slavey to the Civil Rights era. Tongues Untied grapples with black gay identity, and weaves personal narrative with collective memory, to offer a glimpse into the interior lives of black gay men. 

Following the screenings each evening, there will be a facilitated discussion around the films. Please join us each night for the screenings and discussions. 

Wednesday February 1, 2017 (7pm-9pm)

Ethnic Notions
1987 documentary that examines anti-Black stereotypes in popular culture from the ante-bellum period through the Civil Rights era. Screening will be followed by discussion.

Thursday February 2, 2017 (7pm-9pm)

Tongues Untied
Documentary that weaves storytelling, dance, personal narrative, poetry, and music to explore black gay identity. Screening will be followed by discussion.