Tongues Untied (1990)

Dir. Marlon Riggs
6/10

Pretty unique and in that way a worthy selection. The people who find that simple description appealing would probably be the ones most likely to appreciate this on some level. I don’t feel strongly that there is anyone that should rush out to see this though.

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The film is basically about the difficulties gay black men experience. The film is made up of various black men reciting poetry or telling anecdotes that give the audience a view of the hardships they face. The title refers to the going against the common strategy of keeping silent; silence about how one feels and how one is mistreated is the thing that is most damaging, according to the film.

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I didn’t care for the poetry so much, and I didn’t find the stories especially moving. The film is interesting in that it examines a class of people who have two strikes against them: being black and being gay. The individuals in this group face an almost deeper type of prejudice. So why wasn’t I more moved? I’m not sure.

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