Written and directed by Sara Jordenö and co-written by Twiggy Pucci Garcon, Sundance Selects will release Kiki in select theaters and on VOD on February 24th.
We first mentioned Kiki in a post in late January 2016 titled Go Back To The Ball With 'Kiki,' The Hot New Documentary Premiering At Sundance. The video present in that entry is more about the director Jordenö and how she worked to document the lives of LGBTQ youth in New York City's ballroom scene.
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).
After watching the trailer, all I could think of is ENERGY and HAPPINESS and LOVE THY SELF.
I believe I would truly enjoy being able to watch an event like this live.
Have you seen something similar to this in person?
Have you been a part of the ballroom scene?
What was the most memorable / rewarding part?