BLACK IS... BLACK AIN'T//Chéries-Chéris 2020

15 Nov 2020 17:15
→ 15 Nov 2020 19:20
mk2 Beaubourg
50 rue Rambuteau - Paris
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United States. 1995. 87 '. Documentary. VOSTF.
Director: Marlon Riggs, Christiane Badgley.
With: Essex Hemphill, Angela Davis, bell hooks, Barbara Smith, Marlon Riggs.

In the 1970s, those of his youth, Marlon Riggs and his contemporaries seized new facets of black identity. Strong symbols, like the slogan "Black is beautiful", both encouraged black pride and opened up debates on the criteria of this identity and its contours. With this documentary, Riggs engages in omnidirectional dialogues (men, women, young, old, rich, poor, city dwellers, rural, homosexual, straight, students, intellectuals or friends) about the nuances of this identity. It turns out to be as diverse and rich as his grandmother's okra.

Last film of the essential Marlon Riggs, who died of AIDS during its making. In the way it invites us to celebrate the ancestors, the film has a transmission project: it opens with the author's mission to invite the black people to look at each other, and better communicate. We tackle spirituality, music, beauty, the relationship to Africa, masculinity, history with a sophisticated sense of editing that allows even the least consensual ideas to be expressed by leaving room for contradiction. If the film is punctuated by reminders of the disease at work, life is superimposed on it, celebrated as a source of creativity and resistance.

The screening will be followed by a debate in the presence of director Stéphane Gérard.

Sunday Nov. 15 5:40 p.m. ›› MK2 Beaubourg