Marlon Riggs

Anthem

Anthem

“Pervert the language.” Made at a time when Marlon Riggs was three years into living with HIV and the motto “Silence=Death” was the queer community’s defiant response to the antigay policies of the Reagan era, this experimental music video employs a mix of poetry, African beats, and provocative imagery—sexual, political, and religious—in order to challenge and redefine prevailing images of Black masculinity. Led by the liberated dancing of the filmmaker himself, Anthem is a bold vision of queer revolution, proclaiming “Every time we kiss we confirm the new world coming.”

Film Info

  • Marlon Riggs
  • United States
  • 1991
  • 9 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.33:1
  • English

Available In

Collector's Set

The Signifyin’ Works of Marlon Riggs

The Signifyin’ Works of Marlon Riggs

Blu-Ray Box Set

2 Discs

$39.96

Collector's Set

The Signifyin’ Works of Marlon Riggs

The Signifyin’ Works of Marlon Riggs

DVD Box Set

3 Discs

$31.96

Anthem
Cast
The Bella Boys
Featuring
Bernard Branner
Brian Freeman
Jesse Harris
David Kirkland
Willi Ninja
Tim Riera
Marlon Riggs
Essex Hemphill
“American Wedding” performed by
Colin Robinson
“Unfinished Work” performed by
Reginald T. Jackson
Contributing poets
Steve Langley
Donald Woods
Blackberri
“America” performed by
Credits
Director
Marlon Riggs
Produced by
Marlon Riggs
Editor
Christiane Badgley
Codirector
Christiane Badgley
Still photography
Ron Simmons
Video photography
Christiane Badgley
Thomas Harris
Alex Langford
Marlon Riggs
Calvin Roberts
Computer graphics
Chris Robbins
Art design
Christiane Badgley
Online editor
Ed Rudolph
Sound mix
Robert Berke Sound