The new Ballroom Scene documentary KIKI (that we posted on about a year ago) is finally coming out on February 24 in Los Angeles and VOD (March 1 in NYC). Ahead of the U.S. release, director Sara Jordenö and co-writer Twiggy Pucci Garcon just dropped this mini-video/trailer, featuring clips from the film, and a track by Divoli S’vere of queer collective/record label Qween Beat. Check it out below!
Wot’s da KIKI:
In New York City, LGBTQ youth-of-color gather out on the Christopher Street Pier, practicing a performance-based art form, 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 three 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.