SYNOPSIS

25 years after Paris Is Burning introduced the art of voguing to the world, the award-winning Kiki revisits New Your City’s thriving underground ballroom scene. It’s a larger-than-life world in which LGBTQ youths of color are empowered by staging elaborate dance competitions that showcase their dynamic choreography, fabulous costumes, and fierce attitude. It’s also a safe haven for struggling, at-risk teens who find acceptance, support and friendship within the Kiki community. Granted intimate access to the scene, filmmaker Sara Jordenö introduces viewers to some of Kiki culture’s most prominent personalities, going beyond the glamour of the balls to highlight the serious challenges facing queer black and Latino young people. Bringing together heartrending personal stories with incredible displays of creative expression.

CREDITS

DIRECTOR: Sara Jordenö
PRODUCERS: Lori Cheatle, Annika Rogell
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Tobias Janson
WRITTEN BY: Sara Jordenö, Twiggy Pucci Garcon
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Naiti Gámez
EDITOR: Rasmus Ohlander
MUSIC BY: DJ MikeQ
DISTRIBUTOR: IFC Film, Sundance Selects, Folkets Bio
RELEASE DATE: 2016

AWARDS

BERLIN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: Teddy Award for Best Documentary
FULL FRAME FILM FESTIVAL: Kathleen Bryan Edwards Award for Human Rights
OUTFEST: Emerging Filmmaker Award
CHERIES-CHERIS FESTIVAL: Best Documentary
SIDEWALK FILM FEST: Best SHOUT! Documentary
INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARD: Best Documentary Nominee
GLAAD AWARD: Best Documentary Nominee

PRESS

“A beautiful celebration of subculture that’s still stuggling to win the full respect it deserves.”
– The Atlantic

“Joyous, genuinely inspiring.”
– Richard Lawson, Vanity Fair

“A contact high of a documentary. Exhilarating – a must-see.”
– Manohla Dargis, NY Times