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Tongues Untied

BAMPFA Student Committee Pick

Tongues Untied is also presented in a free screening on Monday, November 25 (with Ken Light, Darieck B. Scott, and Leila Weefur in conversation).

  • Introduction

    Elena Gross is exhibitions associate at the Museum of the African Diaspora and an independent writer and culture critic living in Oakland.

     

  • In Conversation

    Vivian Kleiman is a Peabody Award–winning documentary filmmaker and producer. She cofounded Signifyin’ Works with Marlon Riggs and worked on many of his videos.

featuring

Alan Miller, Essex Hemphill, Blackberri, Brian Freeman,

Tongues Untied is about the silence that envelops the lives of black gay men. This exhilarating work is a loquacious attempt to break free of the homophobia and racism that mute the possibilities for human fulfillment. Marlon Riggs creates a poetic pastiche that has the emotional uplift of gospel music and the sobering impact of reportage. The words of gay poets, personal testimony, rap tableaux, dramatic sequences, and archival footage are woven together with a seductive palette of video effects. Riggs dared to speak the words that would conjure a life into being: “Black men loving black men is the revolutionary act.”

Steve Seid
FILM DETAILS 
Screenwriter
  • Marlon Riggs
  • Joseph Beam
  • Chris Harris
  • Reginald Jackson
  • Steve Langley
  • Alan Miller
  • Donald Woods
Cinematographer
  • Marlon Riggs
Print Info
  • Color
  • DCP
  • 55 mins
Source
  • Frameline
Preceded By

Anthem

Marlon Riggs, United States, 1991

FEATURING
Diola Bernard Branner
Jesse Harris
Willi Ninja

Riggs unabashedly calls for the “self-evident right” to live life unimpeded. Sensual images of African American men are lyrically politicized as an assertive provocation to the anti-gay backlash.

FILM DETAILS 
Cinematographer
  • Ron Simmons
Print Info
  • Color
  • DCP
  • 9 mins
source
  • Frameline