If you liked Tongues Untied, you’ll love a great film called Paris is Burning. It’s another film made for queer black men and focuses on ball culture and the art of vouging (this was something shown towards the end of Tongues Untied). The film shows how these balls serve as a safe haven for these young men to express themselves and be proud of a big part of their identity that often has to be kept hidden on a daily basis. Ball culture even consists of something called “houses,” which are basically the families the people who participate in these balls belong to. These events provide people with a strong sense of love, acceptance, family, and openness to people who may not have any of that in their lives.

Here’s a little preview of the movie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=78TAbjx43rk


4 responses »

  1. lenapearlcole says:

    This film is absolutely breathtaking, the narrative as well as the visual language come together to create a complete re-imagining of the normative contexts with which society views trans/cross dressing scenes. Beautiful film, I second this recommendation wholeheartedly!

  2. alicecmullin says:

    Thanks for the recommendation!

  3. krystalyiranli says:

    I am so glad that these balls can serve as a “comfort zone” to these gay people, a place for them to be themselves, regardless of social or cultural bias. I think if we do have this kind of event for the gay community, it would definitely revolutionary.

  4. maddieglouner says:

    YES I love this film and thinks it is so relevant to work that Marlon Riggs has done. Also really highlights the struggles of black gay men at a very personal level. I think I cried.

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