Kiki

94 mins 14+ USA
Language: English Subtitles: English
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Synopsis

Kiki is an American-Swedish co-produced documentary film, released in 2016. It takes place in New York City, New York, and focuses on the "voguing scene [and] surveys the lives of LGBT youth of color at a time when Black Lives Matter and trans rights are making front-page headlines".

Twenty-five years after Jenny Livingston’s seminal documentary Paris Is Burning, which shone a light on ’80s Harlem’s ballroom scene, this explosive and uplifting documentary reveals one of the subculture’s contemporary descendants: the Kiki scene. Part activist movement, part artistic milieu, the Kiki community is a site of radical self-expression for young queer people of colour in New York City, whose ballroom competitions and surrogate queer families provide both creative platforms and a source of succour for individuals facing multiple forms of marginalisation.

Shot over four years, the film follows seven members of the community through the difficulties of illness, homelessness and everyday discrimination, as well as the joys of spectacle, camaraderie and personal affirmation. 

Director: Sara Jordenö
Cast: Loretta Coombs, Takima Coombs, Afrika Juicy Couture & more
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