Tongues Untied

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Tongues Untied

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Tongues Untied

Release Date: March 16, 1990

Year    :   1990
Slogan    :   «Black Men Loving Black Men»
Genres    :   Documentary
Production Companies    :   Signifyin' Works
Director    :   Marlon Riggs
Producers    :   Marlon Riggs, Brian Freeman
Writers    :   Donald Woods, Marlon Riggs, Essex Hemphill, Steve Langley, Joseph Beam, Chris Harris, Reginald Jackson, Alan Miller
RunTime    :   55 mins.

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.

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