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Pride: Tongues Untied: Giving a Voice to Black Gay Men (1989, R)

June 19 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm CDT

Marlon Riggs, with assistance from other gay Black men, especially poet Essex Hemphill, celebrates Black men loving Black men as a revolutionary act. The film intercuts footage of Hemphill reciting his poetry, Riggs telling the story of his growing up, scenes of men in social intercourse and dance, and various comic riffs, including a visit to the “Institute of Snap!thology,” where men take lessons in how to snap their fingers: the sling snap, the point snap, the diva snap. The film closes with obituaries for victims of AIDS and archival footage of the civil rights movement placed next to footage of Black men marching in a gay pride parade.

Central Cinema Nights is a movie screening in the Central Library’s Durwood Film Vault taking place Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. Join us as we watch and discuss documentaries and feature films in a socially conscious setting, chosen to fit a monthly theme. This month’s theme: Pride.  This June we are celebrating Pride Month by showcasing a selection of documentary films that voice distinct perspectives in the LGBTQ+ community.

Everyone is welcome! Movie screenings at the Central Library are always FREE and open to the public.


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