Marlon Riggs Films & Awards

TONGUES UNTIED@30 retrospective at BAM in February 2019


  • Long Train Running: A History of the Oakland Blues (29 minutes, 1982)
    Produced & Directed with Peter Webster (Master’s Degree Thesis Project)
  • Ethnic Notions (56 minutes, 1987)
  • Tongues Untied (55 minutes, 1989)
  • Affirmations (10 minutes, 1990)
  • Anthem (8 minutes, 1991)
  • Color Adjustment (87 minutes, 1991)
  • Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien (No Regret) (38 minutes, 1992)
  • Black Is…Black Ain’t (86 minutes, 1995)


  • California College of Arts and Crafts, Honorary Doctorate
  • George Foster Peabody Award, 1992
  • National Emmy Award, 1988
  • Berlin Film Festival, Best Documentary, 1989
  • AMFAR Award for Courage American Film Institute
  • Maya Daren Lifetime Achievement Award, 1992
  • Sundance Film Festival
  • Organization of American Historians, Erik Barnouw Award,1992
  • International Documentary Association, Outstanding Achievement Award, 1992
  • National Black Programming Consortium, Oscar Micheaux Award, 1992
  • Hetrix Martin, Annual Emery Award
  • San Francisco International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, Frameline Award, 1992
  • People of Color Against AIDS Network Award
  • Los Angeles Film Critics Association
  • American Film and Video Festival Black Filmmaker’s Hall of Fame, 1989

Feb 6—Feb 14, 2019

“An artist of extraordinary courage and vision, Marlon Riggs (1957–1994) gave cinematic voice to gay black men at a time in America when to be either was to be denied one’s full humanity. Defying the culture of silence and shame that pervaded the era of the AIDS crisis, Riggs created vibrantly expressive, innovative works that broke down the divide between documentary and personal essay to explore issues of race, sexuality, identity, and representation. When he became a lightning rod for controversy in the conservative culture wars of the 1980s and early 1990s, Riggs remained unbowed even as his health failed, working tirelessly to bring the richness of the queer African-American experience to the screen. Twenty-five years after his death, his voice remains vital, as seen in this complete retrospective which brings together all of Riggs’ films alongside those of his contemporaries, key influences, and those whom he in turn inspired and who carry on his legacy. Special thanks to program advisor Vivian Kleiman” — From BAM Retrospective