Anthem

Director: Marlon T. Riggs
1991 | USA | 9m
GENRE: Black/African American | Gay | Music/Music Videos
SECTION: Retrospective | Short

Marlon Riggs’ experimental music video politicizes the homoeroticism of African-American men. With images—sensual, sexual, and defiant—and words intended to provoke, Anthem reasserts the “self-evident right” to life and liberty in an era of pervasive anti-gay, anti-Black backlash and hysterical cultural repression.