Film - Feature | September 19 | 7 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Black Is . . . Black Aint is Marlon Riggss bold and richly textured exploration of black American identity. In this final work (completed by colleagues after his death), Riggs shows how this issue has shaped relationships among African Americans, and how people who havent fit because of color, region, sexuality, gender, even speech, have felt excluded. Commentary includes cultural critics Angela Davis, bell hooks, Michele Wallace, Barbara Smith, and Cornel West; performances by Essex Hemphill and choreographer Bill T. Jones; and remembrances of African Americans from all walks of life. A critique of patriarchy and homophobia emerges as a central focus. When AIDS forces his hospitalization, Riggss struggle with his impending death makes his call for a more inclusive African American community all the more urgent.