Paris Is Burning

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Released 1990

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Director:
Jennie Livingston
Released:
1990
Rating:
R
Paris Is Burning offers a revealing look at New York's minority drag queen culture in the early 1990s. This acclaimed documentary explores the notions of race, class and gender in America as it goes behind the scenes with Director Jennie Livingston at a drag ball show where strict guidelines must be adhered to and contestants are judged on their fashion sense, attitude and dancing abilities. The community has become a close-knit family who accepts and loves each other as equals. Interviews with prominent members of the scene, including Pepper LaBeija, Dorian Corey, Anji Xtravaganza and Willi Ninja explore the pride, humor and strength exhibited while struggling with racism, discrimination, homophobia and AIDS. The film also shows the early origins of a dance style known as "Voguing". Made popular worldwide years later due to a Madonna song, the art of "Voguing", or posing as you would for the cover of a magazine while dancing, was first invented in the New York drag scene.moreless
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