Still from Tongues United. Image courtesy of BAM.
Filmmaker and activist Marlon Riggs (1957–94) created vibrantly expressive, innovative works that broke down the divide between documentary and personal essay to explore often taboo issues of race, sexuality, identity, and representation. Even as his health failed due to complications from HIV/AIDS, Riggs worked tirelessly to bring the richness of the queer African-American experience to the screen. Commemorating the 25th anniversary of his death, “Race, Sex & Cinema: the World of Marlon Riggs” brings together all of Riggs’ films, alongside those of his contemporaries, key influences, and artists whom he in turn inspired. The series includes: 30th anniversary screenings of Riggs’ seminal “Tongues Untied” (1989); his Emmy-winning debut film, “Ethnic Notions” (1986); the Peabody Award-winning “Color Adjustment” (1992) and many more. This event will also feature work by contemporary filmmakers including Martine Syms, Elegance Bratton and Tiona Nekkia McClodden.