Black Is… Black Ain’t

Marlon Riggs’ final film jumps into the middle of explosive debates over Black identity.

Using his grandmother’s gumbo as a metaphor for the rich diversity of Black identities, his camera follows Black folks young and old, rich and poor, rural and urban, gay and straight, grappling with the paradox of numerous, often contested definitions of Blackness.

Riggs’ own urgent quest for self-definition and community, as a Black gay man dying from AIDS, ties the multiple perspectives together. Hooked up to an IV in his hospital bed, Riggs takes strength for his struggle against AIDS from the continual resilience of the African Americans in the face of overwhelming oppression. As his death nears, he conjures up the image of a Black community nurturing and celebrating the difference and creativity in each one of us.

This screening will be introduced by activist and performer Twiggy Pucci Garçon.


Event: Screening

Director: Marlon Riggs

Year: 1994

Country: USA

Date: Sunday 23 October

Time: 5.30pm

Location: CCA Theatre