30th Anniversary Screening
Dir. Marlon Riggs, United States, 1990, 55 mins
The seminal documentary on black gay life, Emmy Award-winning director Marlon T. Riggs’ 1989 TONGUES UNTIED uses poetry, personal testimony, rap, and performance (featuring poet Essex Hemphill and others) to describe 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. Now celebrating its 30th anniversary, director Marlon T. Riggs’ documentary is as relevant as ever.
Cast: Marlon Riggs, Essex Hemphill, Brian Freeman
Presented in partnernship with POV.