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Frameline presents Tongues Untied, the acclaimed account of Black gay life by Emmy Award-winning director Marlon T. Riggs. Using poetry, personal testimony, rap, and performance (featuring poet Essex Hemphill and others), Tongues Untied describes the homophobia and racism that Black gay men often face. Examples are the man refused entry to a gay bar because of his color; the college student left bleeding on the sidewalk after an incident of gay-bashing; a drag queen's loneliness and isolation. Yet these stories also affirm the Black gay male experience, including protest marches, smoky bars, "snap divas," humorous musicology, and vogue dancers. Marlon T. Riggs stated, "My struggle has allowed me to transcend that sense of shame and stigma identified with my being a black gay man. Having come through that fire, they can't touch me. Produced, directed, and edited by Marlon T. Riggs.
This is the first screening in a film series presented in partnership with the Frameline San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival to celebrate special exhibition Anthony Friedkin: The Gay Essay, on view at the de Young June 14, 2014-January 11, 2015.