Tongues Untied

Tongues Untied (1989)

"Black Men Loving Black Men"
TMDb Score
Not Yet Rated 55 minJul 1st, 1989Documentary

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.

Marlon Riggsas Himself
Michael Bellas Himself
Essex Hemphillas Himself / Poetry Performance