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Tongues Untied

Marlon Riggs

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With great regret, the Holland Festival 2020 has been cancelled. more info

Due to the coroan measures in force until April 28, this film has been canceled.

With Tongues Untied, Marlon Riggs has made a personal documentary essay about the black gay scene in New York in the 1980s. Riggs uses poetry, personal testimonies, rap and performance to give black gay men a voice. Accompanied by the rhythmic poetry of Essex Hemphill, this 1989 movie paints a breathtaking and moving portrait of men who find themselves encountering a toxic combination of homophobia and racism. Tongues Untied is a unique document of a community about which little material has survived and shows the effort to survive in the era of AIDS, voguing, smoky bars and protest marches.

Usually, politically and socially admirable films fall short of the mark in the aesthetics department. They are praised more for their good intentions… Marlon Riggs has created that rarest of birds— a brilliant, innovative work of art that delivers a knock-out political punch.” — Vito Russo, The Advocate

The movie will be introduced by Noa Johannes, film editor at NPO 3.


Marlon Riggs
Noa Johannes

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