About the film
transvestism new york city drag queen homophobia male homosexuality transgender transsexual subculture shoplifting lgbt drag harlem black lgbt 1980s latinx lgbt voguing ball culture
Paris Is Burning
Release Date: March 13, 1991
|Slogan||:||«Having a ball… Wish you were here»|
|Producers||:||Richard Dooley, Jennie Livingston, Barry Swimar, Natalie G. Hill|
Where does voguing come from, and what, exactly, is throwing shade? This landmark documentary provides a 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, 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, 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.