Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Tongues Untied

1989 American Feature

Cast: Marlon Riggs, Essex Hemphill, Brian Freeman and Willi Ninja
Director: Marlon Riggs

Blends documentary footage with personal accounts, poetry and fiction in an attempt to depict the specificity of black gay identity.


  • Internet Movie Database: 6.0/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Audience: 69%
  • OMG rating: 6/10

  • DVD: Available


  • Berlin International Film Festival Teddy Award for Best Documentary Film.
  • Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Independent/Experimental Film.
  • San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival Audience Award for Best Video.

  • At the time of its release, Tongues Untied was considered controversial because of its frank portrayal of gay sexuality.
  • Presidential candidate Pat Buchanan cited the film as an example of how President George H.W. Bush was using taxpayer's money to fund "pornographic art".

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