LIVE YOUR TRUTH
25 years after Paris Is Burning introduced the art of voguing to the world, Kiki revisits New York 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, Kiki “-fluidly combines interviews with on-the-street and dance-floor scenes to create an exhilarating, multifaceted portrait of ballroom participants, a number of whom are L.G.B.T. activists. Kiki is also an indelible, must-see ode to gay New York.” (Manohla Dargis, The New York Times).
“Joyous, genuinely inspiring. Makes you fell good about the future.”– Richard Lawson, Vanity Fair
“Wonderfully alive and emotional” – Kenneth Turan, LA Times
“KIKI never fails to pay homage to the past historical context of the scene while looking towards its future” – Katie Walsh, The Playlist
“Artistic and thought-provoking. Paris is Burning for the Millennial set.” – Lauren Wissot, Filmmaker Magazine
2016 Sundance Film Festival, Utah (Official Selection, US Documentary Competition)
2016 Berlinale (WINNER of the Teddy Award for Best Documentary and Essay Film)
16 Outfest, Los Angeles (WINNER Emerging Filmmaker Award; Centerpiece film)
2016: Long Beach QFilm Festival (WINNER Best Documentary)
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