The Signifyin' Works of Marlon Riggs (The Criterion Collection Blu ray)
There has never been a filmmaker like Marlon Riggs (1957-1994): an unapologetic gay Black man who defied a culture of silence and shame to speak his truth with resounding joy and conviction. An early adopter of video technology who had a profound understanding of the power of words and images to effect change, Riggs employed a bold mix of documentary, performance, poetry, music, and experimental techniques in order to confront issues that most of Reagan-era America refused to acknowledge, from the devastating legacy of racist stereotypes to the impact of the AIDS crisis on his own queer African American community to the very definition of what it is to be Black. Bringing together Riggss complete worksincluding his controversy-inciting queer landmark Tongues Untied and Black Is . . . Black Aint, his deeply personal career summationThe Signifyin Works of Marlon Riggs traces the artistic and political evolution of a transformative filmmaker whose work is both an electrifying call for liberation and an invaluable historical document.