26th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Tongues Untied
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Tongues Untied

Tongues Untied

director: Marlon Riggs
original title: Tongues Untied
country: United States
year: 1989
running time: 55 min.

synopsis

This cinematic poem and voiceband in one is an audiovisual expression of the eponymous “tongues untied,” serving as a symbolic break of the silence that has plagued the Black American homosexual community for a long time. It becomes solely a manifesto for identifying a difference that has been consciously enforced between the predominantly black heterosexual majority and the alienated white gay minority. The question of race divides not only society as a whole, but also the minorities themselves all across the board. The heavily poeticised text of the film presented in an occasional rap rhythm of mixed voices is largely a self-confident commitment to an experience that is exceptional against its own will.

biography

Marlon Riggs (1957–1994) byl afroamerický filmař, pedagog, básník a aktivista za práva gayů. Po absolvování univerzity prošel na různých pozicích praxí při natáčení dokumentů pro nezávislá studia. Dokumentární film také vyučoval na univerzitě v Berkeley. Ve své tvorbě se zaměřoval na problematiku reprezentace pohlaví a rasy, hlavně s ohledem na projevy homofobie vyjadřované americkou společností.

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director: Marlon Riggs
Ministerstvo kultury
Fond kinematografie
Město Jihlava
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