Pride Month Screening at IMA
"A black male warrior fighting for the right to love other black men, Marlon Riggs affirms what was nearly lost, newly found:
the certainty that black male lives are utterly precious."
— Alice Walker, Author, The Color Purple
DATE: 26 September 2019
LOCATION: Institute of Modern Art
Director Marlon T. Riggs
In celebration of Brisbane Pride Month, BQFF and the Institute of Modern Art bring you a special Pride Month screening: join us to celebrate the 30th anniversary of director Marlon T. Riggs seminal documentary on Black gay life in the 1980s, Tongues Untied (1989).
The film uses poetry, personal testimony, rap, and performance (featuring poet Essex Hemphill and others) to share accounts of the homophobia and racism that confronted Black gay men and continues to this day.
The stories are striking examples of discrimination: the man refused entry to a gay bar because of his colour; the college student left bleeding on the sidewalk after a gay-bashing; the loneliness and isolation of the drag queen. Yet they also affirm the solidarity of the Black gay male experience: protest marches, smoky bars, “snap diva”, humorous “musicology”, and Vogue dancers.