In New York City, LGBTQ youth-of-colour gather out on the Christopher Street Pier, practicing a performance-based artform, Ballroom, made famous in the early 1990s by Madonna’s music video Vogue and the documentary Paris Is Burning. 25 years after these cultural touchstones, a new and very different generation of LGBTQ youth have formed an artistic activist subculture – the Kiki Scene. Kiki follows seven characters from the Kiki community over the course of four years, using their preparations and spectacular performances at events known as Kiki balls as a framing device while delving into their battles with homelessness, illness and prejudice as well as their gains towards political influence and the conquering of affirming gender-expressions.
Presented in association with Glitch Film Festival.
We will be joined after the screening for a Q&A with Twiggy Pucci Garçon, Kiki co-writer and Kiki “gatekeeper”.