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Tongues Untied (1989)

Marlon Riggs, with assistance from other gay Black men, especially poet Essex Hemphill, celebrates Black men loving Black men as a revolutionary act. The film intercuts footage of Hemphill ... See full summary »

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Gerald Davis
Kenneth R. Dixson
Larry Duckette
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Gene Garth
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Marlon Riggs, with assistance from other gay Black men, especially poet Essex Hemphill, celebrates Black men loving Black men as a revolutionary act. The film intercuts footage of Hemphill reciting his poetry, Riggs telling the story of his growing up, scenes of men in social intercourse and dance, and various comic riffs, including a visit to the "Institute of Snap!thology," where men take lessons in how to snap their fingers: the sling snap, the point snap, the diva snap. The film closes with obituaries for victims of AIDS and archival footage of the civil rights movement placed next to footage of Black men marching in a gay pride parade. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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I love the film... I'm just really over gay films that always have to drag AIDS/HIV in it... like it is the way of a life of a homosexual. And it must of been hard back then.. this films give people hope. Hope that we may overcome all the racists shadow that over shadow us and the way American people have condemned itself not to become nothing more but followers of others thoughts


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