Paris Is Burning may have become increasingly controversial in recent years, but it’s certainly a seminal LGBT-themed documentary, a ignited an interest in the ballroom world. Now Kiki is heading back into that world for a fresh look at where things are in the 21st Century.
Here’s the synopsis: ’25 years after Paris Is Burning introduced the art of voguing to the world, Kiki revisits New York City’s thriving underground ballroom scene. It’s a larger-than-life world in which LGBTQ youths of color are empowered by staging elaborate dance competitions that showcase their dynamic choreography, fabulous costumes, and fierce attitude. It’s also a safe haven for struggling, at-risk teens who find acceptance, support, and friendship within the Kiki community.
‘Granted intimate access to the scene, filmmaker Sara Jordenö introduces viewers to some of Kiki culture’s most prominent personalities, going beyond the glamour of the balls to highlight the serious challenges facing queer black and Latino young people. Bringing together heartrending personal stories with incredible displays of creative expression, Kiki is “exhilarating…an indelible, must-see ode to gay New York” (Manohla Dargis, The New York Times).’
The movie is due out in the US on February 24th. Take a look at the trailer below.