Alternative Cinema: Tongues Untied
Dir. Marlon Riggs. 1989. 55 mins.
Denounced from the floor of Congress as obscene, Marlon Riggs’ account of gay black life in America was made at the height of the HIV/AIDS crisis and in the puritanical atmosphere of the late 80s culture wars. Inventively deploying a lexicon of documentary styles, Riggs’ called it his “last gift to the community,” before succumbing to complications from AIDS. Effervescently paced and brimming with anger, poetry, and eroticism, it has endured as a classic of the New Queer Cinema and a landmark moment in self-representation from the margins of American life.
Tuesday, September 12 at 7:00pm
Little Hall, 105, Golden Auditorium