Tongues Untied

Free Admission!

This screening is presented as part of Arts + Design Mondays. Tongues Untied also screens Wednesday, October 23 (with Elena Gross and Vivian Kleiman in conversation; regular admission prices apply).

In Conversation

  • Ken Light is the Reva and David Logan Professor and curator of the Center for Photography at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. Light has worked as a freelance documentary photographer for over forty-five years, focusing on social issues facing America.

  • Darieck B. Scott is an associate professor in the Department of African American Studies at UC Berkeley. His most recent book is Extravagant Abjection: Blackness, Power, and Sexuality in the African American Literary Imagination.

  • Leila Weefur is an artist, writer, and curator. She/They/He teaches in UC Berkeley’s Department of Art Practice.


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
  • Marlon Riggs
  • Joseph Beam
  • Chris Harris
  • Reginald Jackson
  • Steve Langley
  • Alan Miller
  • Donald Woods
  • Marlon Riggs
Print Info
  • Color
  • DCP
  • 55 mins
  • Frameline Distribution