Join BlackoutUK at a screening of Kiki as part of the Fringe! Film Fest at 6.15pm on Saturday 19th November at the Barbican Cinema, London.
Followed by a panel discussion
Dir Sara Jordenö / Sweden/US / 2016 / 95min
Written by Sara Jordenö & Twiggy Puccy Garçon
In New York City, LGBTQ youth-of-colour 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 has formed an artistic activist subculture. Through a strikingly intimate and visually daring lens, Kiki offers a riveting and complex insight into a safe space created and governed by queer youth of color, who are demanding happiness and political power.
The film follows seven characters 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. We meet Twiggy Pucci Garçon, the founder and gatekeeper for the Haus of Pucci, Chi Chi, Gia, Chris, Divo, Symba and Zariya, all remarkable young people who each represent a unique and powerful personal story making Kiki an exciting coming of age story about agency, resilience and the transformative artform that is voguing.
Winner of the 2016 Teddy Award Best Documentary.