A black and white photo of group of black men posing, wearing an assortment of clothes and hats.
A black and white photo of group of black men posing, wearing an assortment of clothes and hats.
Tongues Untied (1989) Courtesy Frameline

ACMI presents

Tongues Untied

with short films No Way to Forget + A Walk with Words

Marlon Riggs | USA | 1989 | Unclassified (18+)

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Wed 1 Feb 2023

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Marlon T. Riggs' experimental film blends documentary footage with personal account and poetry.

Tongues Untied provides a language for black gay identity in the US. Riggs states that the film hopes to "...shatter the nation's brutalizing silence on matters of sexual and racial difference".

Format: DCP
Language: English
Source: Frameline
Courtesy: Frameline
Runtime: 55 min


Unclassified (18+)


Cinema 2, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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Screens with short films

Dancers in No Way to Forget (1996)

No Way to Forget (1996)

Gunditjmara director Richard Frankland’s powerful short film is based on his experiences as a lawyer on the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. A young Koorie man travelling the lonely highways of the Australian outback reflects on the tragic experiences of Aboriginal people in Australian prisons. A passionate and eloquent indictment of the entrenched racism in Australian legal culture, Now Way to Forget is Blak noir cinema.

11 mins | English

A Walk With Words (2000)

A Walk with Words: The Poetry of Romaine Morton (2000)

Erica Glynn's short biographical film showcases the life and poetry of performance artist Romaine Moreton and her struggles to gain freedom.

28 mins | English

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