Essex Hemphill, Blackberri, Brian Freeman, Alan Miller,
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.”
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Dottie Gets Spanked
Todd Haynes, United States, 1993
A gently comedic work concerns the awakening of identity within a “six-and-three-quarter-year-old” suburban boy named Stevie.
Michael Wallin, United States, 1988
Found footage reveals both autobiographical overtones and societal undertones.
Kenneth Anger, United States, 1947
A torch of salvation from the isolation of social norms.
Mike Kuchar, United States, 1984
For Mike Kuchar it is “making love to somebody you can’t have . . . with the camera.”