WINNER: Teddy Award for best documentary @ Berlin International Film Festival; Kathleen Bryan Edwards Award for Human Rights @ Full Frame Film Festival; Emerging Filmmaker award at Outfest; Best SHOUT! Documentary at Sidewalk Film Fest, and more.

Synopsis

In New York City, LGBTQ youth-of-color gather out on the Christopher Street Pier, practicing a performance-based artform, Ballroom, which was made famous in the early 1990s by Madonna’s music video “Vogue” and the documentary “Paris Is Burning.” Twenty-five years after these cultural touchstones, a new and very different generation of LGBTQ youth have formed an artistic activist subculture, named 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. In KIKI we meet Twiggy Pucci Garçon, the founder and gatekeeper for the Haus of Pucci, Chi Chi, Gia, Chris, Divo, Symba and Zariya. Each of these remarkable young people represents a unique and powerful personal story, illuminating the Kiki scene in particular, as well as queer life in the U.S. for LGBTQ youth-of-color as a whole.

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YEAR: 
2016

CREDITS:

Directed by
SARA JORDENÖ

Written by
SARA JORDENÖ
TWIGGY PUCCI GARÇON

Produced by
LORI CHEATLE
ANNIKA ROGELL (Story)

Executive Producers
TOBIAS JANSON

Editor
RASMUS OHLANDER

Director of Photography
NAITI GÁMEZ

Line Producer
GABRIEL SEDGWICK

Music by
MIKE Q
BYRELL THE GREAT
DIVOLI S'VERE  
(Qween Beat)

Co-production with
STORY (Sweden)