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Roxie Theater: Tongues Untied – 30th Anniversary Screening!
February 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Co-presented by OUTlook, Signifyin’ Works, and Frameline Distribution
Q&A hosted by Jamal Batts of Signifyin’ Works with special guests TBA!
“Black men loving Black men is the revolutionary act.”
Tongues Untied, a film intended to “shatter America’s brutalizing silence around…sexual and racial difference,” premiered on October 26, 1989, in Los Angeles at the American Film Institute’s Video Festival and has reached hundreds of thousands since. Initially intended for black gay men, it gained a wide viewership through its politically controversial screening on PBS. The film has proven itself to wield a transcendent power over audiences across race, cultures, and time, with a message whose honesty and poetry would presage the work of visual, performance, hip-hop, spoken word, and multidisciplinary artists to this day. It is now considered by many film historians to be the origin of “experimental documentary” and was recently featured on The New York Times list “28 Days, 28 Films for Black History Month.” Tongues Untied continues to provide inspiration and incite debate among artists, academics, and activists. The work’s continuing and critical relevancy is evidenced in the continuing HIV/AIDS crisis, the changing housing markets it anticipates, the shifting legacies and concerns of experimental art, and the largely queer leadership of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Dir. Marlon T. Riggs, USA, 1989. 55 min. Digital.