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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