A panel discussion follows the screening with Houston PBS's Ernie Manouse and National President of Delta Phi Upsilon Fraternity, Harrison Guy, who is also a member of Mayor Turner's LGBTQ Advisory Board.

Thirty years after its debut, Marlon Riggs’s film essay is considered a classic. Tongues Untied was one of the first films to give voice to gay black men, presenting their perspectives on the racism, homophobia, and marginalization they experienced. The film broke new artistic ground, mixing dynamic poetry (by Essex Hemphill and other artists), music, and performance with Riggs’s autobiographical revelations.

Tongues Untied was celebrated for its authentic representation of style and culture, as well its fierce response to oppression. When the film aired nationally on PBS in 1991, Houston affiliate KUHT opted not to carry the broadcast. So a community screening was arranged at the Museum in Brown Auditorium Theater, in partnership with SWAMP, DiverseWorks, and the Community Artists Collective. Riggs participated by phone in a Q&A heard via the public-address system.

• “Tongues Untied Returns for a Thirtieth-Anniversary Screening at MFAH” —OutSmart

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Marlon Riggs
Running Time
55 minutes
Digital, Color