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Talking Tongues

2 min excerpt

Lisa Steele. 1982. Video, b/w, sound. 11:00

An intimate 11 minute monologue in which Steele portrays Beatrice Small, a victim of wife battering. As she unravels her story, Beatrice describes her efforts to maintain a marriage of 16 years to Al Small. Turning to family, friends, church and finally a lawyer, Beatrice tries repeatedly to get others to understand the threat that lies behind Al’s words, “Beatrice, I love you.”