The Films and Impact of Marlon Riggs

The Films and Impact of Marlon Riggs

In the late 1980’s AIDS ravaged communities around the country. One of the hardest hit were urban African-American and gay communities. In this climate, filmmaker Marlon Riggs rose to prominence. Riggs was gay and African-American, and his films gave an insight into the particular challenges that community faces with regard to sexual and racial discrimination. His most famous film, Tongues Untied, became a lightning rod for the cultural wars of the 80’s and 90’s. Today, reporter Brad Bailey takes you back to the impact and film of Marlon Biggs.

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REPORTER: Brad Bailey
PHOTO CAPTION & CREDIT: UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism

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