Moving From The Margins: Tongues Untied

Join us for our third film screening of the MMA 2015 Film Series 'Moving from the Margins.'

Our third of six films to be screened will be the 1989 semi-documentary film, 'Tongues Untied.' Directed by the illustrious Marlon Riggs, the film blends documentary footage with personal account and fiction in an attempt to depict the specificity of black gay identity. The "silence" referred to throughout the film is that of black gay men, who are unable to express themselves because of the prejudices of white and black heterosexual society, as well as the white gay society. The documentary dealt with the simultaneous critique of the politics of racism, homophobia and exclusion as they are intertwined with contemporary sexual politics. Furthermore, Riggs’ work challenged television’s generic boundaries of conformity during the late 80s and early 90s. 

The film screening will be following by a panel discussion with Jamal T. Lewis, a Community Organizer, Media Maker and Graduate Student in The School of Media Studies at the New School along with Camilo Godoy a Visual Artist/Activist and a graduate of Parsons The New School for Design.

Co-sponsored by The New School, Safe Zone, Queer Collective, and The New School Student Health Services