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Info: PARIS IS BURNING

PARIS IS BURNING (NR)
1 hrs, 15 mins
RELEASE:
03/13/1991
CAST:
Venus Xtravaganza, Freddie Pendavis, Dorian Corey, Octavia Saint Laurent, Willi Ninja, Pepper LaBeija, Anji Xtravaganza
DIRECTOR:
Jennie Livingston

TICKETS / Washington D.C. / E Street Cinema

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Where does “voguing” come from, and what, exactly, is throwing shade? This groundbreaking documentary provides a still-vibrant snapshot of the 1980s through the eyes of New York City’s African American and Latinx Harlem drag ball scene. Made over seven years, the witty and revealing Paris Is Burning offers an intimate portrait of rival fashion “houses,” from fierce contests for trophies, to house mothers offering sustenance in a world rampant with homophobia and transphobia, racism, AIDS, and poverty. Featuring legendary voguers, drag queens, and trans women—including Willi Ninja, Pepper LaBeija, Dorian Corey, and Venus Xtravaganza—Paris Is Burning brings it, celebrating the joy of movement, the force of eloquence, and the draw of community. If you’re a fan of the FX series “Pose,” this is a must-see! Winner of over a dozen international awards, including the Grand Jury Prize for Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival. Digitally remastered by the UCLA Film and Television Archive in conjunction with Sundance Institute and Outfest UCLA Legacy Project. Preservation funded by Sundance Institute, Outfest and the Andrew J. Kuehn Jr. Foundation.

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