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Tongues Untied1989

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  • 4.1
Marlon Riggs' essay film TONGUES UNTIED gives voice to communities of black gay men, presenting their cultures and perspectives on the world as they confront racism, homophobia and marginalization. It broke new artistic ground by mixing poetry (by Essex Hemphill and other artists), music, performance and Riggs' autobiographical revelations. The film was embraced by black gay audiences for its authentic representation of style, and culture, as well its fierce response to oppression. It opened up opportunities for dialogue among and across communities. TONGUES UNTIED has been lauded by critics for its vision and its bold aesthetic advances, and vilified by anti-gay forces who used it to condemn government funding of the arts. It was even denounced from the floor of Congress. "Black men loving Black men is the revolutionary act" is the rallying cry at the film's end and after more than twenty years, TONGUES UNTIED remains a celebrated vehicle for eloquent self-expression and liberation.

Member Reviews (7)

This is such a fine film. We initially watched it when it first came out and it was wonderful to watch it again. Fine poetry, visual images and a striking impact on the viewer. A-Plus film.

This is poetry, and it moves like poetry. Image and audio hand in hand, moving smooth as velvet but hitting hard as a semi.

moving,exciting I almost wept; real people suffering

A revolutionary film with a friend costarring in it.

this is really misleading, it's not even available to watch on fandor?!?

I found this film beautiful, and a fine record of a time now lost/p

Very Inspiring!