Chauncey -Theater 2 Mon, Feb 27, 2023 7:00 PM
Series Info
Series:Bijou Partnerships
Film Info
Rating:Not Rated
Runtime:87 minutes
Director:Marlon Riggs
Year Released:1994
Production Country:USA


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Presented by the Bijou Film Board, and as part of Bijou's Partnerships program.
FREE for UI students (present student ID at box office) and $7.00 for the general public!

Presented in partnership with the Afro-American Cultural Center

“Whatever its excesses, Black Is... Black Ain't stands as a testament to a dedicated and daring man.” - Walter Goodman, The New York Times

“A still relevant call for communion among diverse African-American communities, and an elegy for an activist-artist.” - Bill Weber, Slant Magazine

African-American documentary filmmaker Marlon Riggs was working on this final film as he died from AIDS-related complications in 1994; he addresses the camera from his hospital bed in several scenes. The film directly addresses sexism and homophobia within the black community, with snippets of misogynistic and anti-gay slurs from popular hip-hop songs juxtaposed with interviews with African-American intellectuals and political theorists, including Cornel West, bell hooks and Angela Davis.

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