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Tongues Untied

  • Film

Time Out says

A polemical, avowedly personal video documentary on the American black gay experience. It's a bit of an ordeal: a barrage of images, newsreel, stories narrated to camera, poetry readings, 'Vogue' dance performance, voices and rap, which examines, with savage but poetic candour, those questions of identity, culture, history and self-expression that are most pertinent to black gays and lesbians. Are they gay first, or black first? Why have they little or no voice in the American gay movement? Riggs takes great risks: he challenges and threatens to offend all sensibilities here, gay or straight, black or white, but does so with remarkable composure, humour and positive attitude. At heart, it's a celebratory film which buzzes with intelligence, unashamed emotion, adrenalin, and that strange tenderness forged in suffering. As a character says in the film: 'If in America a black is the lowest of the low, what is a gay black?' Riggs says to black gays: stand up, speak out, tell your story; to others: listen.
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Release Details

  • Duration:55 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Marlon T Riggs
  • Screenwriter:Reginald Jackson, Steve Langley, Alan Miller, Donald Woods, Joseph Bream, Craig Harris, Marlon Riggs, Essex Hemphill
  • Cast:
    • Kerrigan Black
    • Blackberri
    • Bernard Brannier
    • Gerald Davis
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