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Anthem (1991)

Not Rated | | Short | 1991 (UK)
Almost a tone poem, this is a collage of sounds and images: gay, Black men dance, sing, and recite poetry. They call each other to arms to parade and flaunt their race and sexual ... See full summary »

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Marlon Riggs
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Djola Bernard Branner Djola Bernard Branner ... (as Bernard Branner)
Jesse Harris Jesse Harris
Willi Ninja ... Dancer
Tim Riera Tim Riera
Marlon Riggs
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Almost a tone poem, this is a collage of sounds and images: gay, Black men dance, sing, and recite poetry. They call each other to arms to parade and flaunt their race and sexual orientation. They call on each other to rewrite history, to pervert the language, to "be freaky and free," and to confront America in order to redefine it in a way that gives them standing as equals. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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English

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1991 (UK) See more »

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Certainly better than its IMDb rating
4 September 2011 | by rgcustomerSee all my reviews

This classic short poetry film is on the subject of gay African American issues of the day, and is still relevant today.

It addresses macho culture, being out, HIV/AIDS, and same-sex marriage, to name a few topics, and you don't have to be a US or black person to relate to it.

I'm not a poet, but my layman's assessment is that the poetry is of high quality, yet accessible to average people. The film also contains music and dance, and flag imagery to tie it together.

I'm shocked that so few people have seen this important short, and fewer still have appreciated it.


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