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Tongues Untied

DVD
55 min
1989
HQ76.27 .A37 T683 2008 DVD

In an experimental amalgam of rap music, street poetry, documentary film, and dance, a gay African-American man expresses what it is like to be gay and black in the United States.

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.

Produced and directed by Marlon T. Riggs.

Distributed by Strand Releasing.

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