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  Tongues Untied

Marlon T. Riggs 1989 55 min. USA
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This is the acclaimed account of Black gay life by Emmy Award-winning director Marlon T. Riggs. Using poetry, personal testimony, rap and performance (featuring poet Essex Hemphill and others), Tongues Untied describes the homophobia and racism that confront Black gay men.
The stories are fierce examples of homophobia and racism: the man refused entry to a gay bar because of his color; the college student left bleeding on the sidewalk after a gay-bashing; the loneliness and isolation of the drag queen. Yet they also affirm the black gay male experience: protest marches, smoky bars, "snap diva", humorous "musicology" and Vogue dancers.

"My struggle has allowed me to transcend that sense of shame and stigma identified with my being a black gay man. Having come through that fire, they can't touch me."

- Marlon T. Riggs

Produced, Directed and Edited by Marlon T. Riggs
55 minutes, 1989

See also Affirmations, Anthem and No Regret (Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien)

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