I Shall Not Be Removed: The Life of Marlon Riggs

I Shall Not Be Removed: The Life of Marlon Riggs ★★★

A somewhat straight-forward but nonetheless informative documentary that takes a look at the life and career of director Marlon Riggs who would die of AIDS before his last film was completed.

This was the ninth and final film in the Criterion Collection set dedicated to the director and his work. I will admit that I had never heard of Riggs before this set was announced but it turned out to be a very good one and this documentary is a good way to catch up on Riggs life and work.

The film isn't too polished but I actually liked this because it looked and felt like one of Riggs own movies. We get clips from his pictures as well as interviews that Riggs gave throughout his career and interviews with those who knew him. This includes friends and family members.

At just shy of the hour mark, the film certainly doesn't over-stay its welcome and you'll certainly learn some interesting aspects of Riggs life as well as certain things he had to deal with and how some of them would be dealt with in his work.