Movie of the Month – Tongues Untied

This ground breaking documentary released in 1989 caused a major stir back in the early 90’s when released on many PBS stations. Marlon Riggs saught to, “…shatter the nation’s brutalising silence on matters of sexual and racial difference.” The film blends documentary footage with personal account and fiction in an attempt to depict the specificity of black gay identity. The “silence” referred to throughout the film is that of black gay men, who are unable to express themselves because of the prejudices of white and black heterosexual society.

This documentary is just as relevant today with the same sex marriage, Defense of Marriage Act (D.O.M.A.) and “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” making headlines on a weekly basis.

If you do not have this in your DVD library, it is a MUST have! You can order it here!

2 thoughts on “Movie of the Month – Tongues Untied

  1. Don't forget Marlon Rigg's short film "No Regrets". It follows 5 black gay men living with HIV/AIDS. It is a spellbinding documentary from the 1990s. The black woman group "Sweet Honey in the Rock" provides background music. To me, it's even better than "Tongue's Untied".

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