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Black Life Is, Ain't and Still Rises

Curated by Rebecca Carroll. Read Rebecca's essay here

This selection of films examines ideas, perceptions, and construction of race. From Marlon Riggs’s seminal, and final film (Black Is…Black Ain’t), to a new film biography of Maya Angelou, these films are fearless, angry, proud, and powerful. The films in Black Life Is, Ain’t and Still Rises include:

Ava DuVernay | 
USA |
 2008 | 
97 minutes

Director Ava DuVernay's debut film documents the life and times of The Good Life Café and the early days of L.A. hip hop.

Friday, May 13, 2016 - 2:45pm
Marlon Riggs and Christiane Badgley | 
USA |
 1995 | 
86 minutes

Filmmaker/activist/poet Marlon Riggs died in 1995 at the age of 37 before he could complete his final work Black Is…Black Ain’t. The film was finished by his friend and co-director Christiane Badgley. Black Is...Black Ain't is packed with ideas and images, song and dance, performance and conversation — all of it in search of what it means to be black.

Monday, May 9, 2016 - 4:45pm
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