Critical Writing Index

Black Gay Men in Independent Film

by Kobena Mercer

cineACTION, Fall 1993, no. 32, pp. 51-62

The 1990s saw an upsurge in creativity in black queer cultural politics, and Isaac Julien and Marlon Riggs were at the forefront of this with their film and video works Looking for Langston and Tongues Untied. Instead of addressing the black lesbian or gay man as "doubly oppressed," these films show how black queers exist between culturally constructed codes of race, class, and gender. These works can be viewed as "a hybridized form of political and cultural practice." Both Looking for Langston and Tongues Untied use a dialogic form in order to make certain that no single voice is taken as representative of a community, but rather that subjective experience of racism, homophobia, love and fantasy be explored on screen.

ITEM 1993.174 – available for viewing in the Research Centre

Videos, Artworks and Artists Cited

Looking for LangstonIsaac Julien

Tongues UntiedMarlon Riggs