Tongues Untied and Paris Is Burning August 1991: film historian and producer Jenni Olson remembers two landmark documentaries on the black gay experience. (Telling our stories).
Stepping into the limelight at roughly the same time was Marlon Riggs's powerful personal documentary on black gay identity, Tongues Untied. Vito Russo, writing in The Advocate, celebrated the video as "a brilliant, innovative work of art that delivers a knockout political punch." Tongues Untied is an unparalleled example of personal, experimental documentary filmmaking and is as inspiring today as it was then.
Olson is a director, producer, and the editor of the Ultimate Guide to Lesbian & Gay Film and Video.