Sight and Sound - 07/01/1991
"...A bravura display of controlled anger..."
Using poetry, rap, testimony, and performance, director Marlon Riggs documents the homophobia and racism that confront gay black men.
Marlon Riggs's controversial, brilliant and highly political look at racism and homophobia in the United States. Availing himself of a plethora of artistic forms -- including poetry, music, and oral history -- "Tongues Untied" unravels and reveals the dual prejudices that African-American gays must deal with on an everyday basis. This was originally aired on PBS, where it stirred extremely strong reaction throughout the nation. A spellbinding and provocative film.
Named Best Independent Film by the Los Angeles Critics Awards. Received First Prize from the San Francisco International Film Festival, Blue Ribbon from the American Film & Video Festival, and Outstanding Merit Award from the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame.