Blauer Salon
Summer Term 2024
Paris Is Burning
Cinema of Euphoria

Paris Is Burning

  • Paris Is Burning
  • Documentary
  • United Kingdom, USA
  • 1991
  • Director: Jennie Livingston
  • 78 min
  • 16mm
  • Original Version with german Subtitles
  • with Pepper LaBeija, Octavia St. Laurent, Venus Xtravaganza

Where does voguing come from, and what, exactly, is throwing shade? This landmark documentary provides a vibrant snapshot of the 1980s through the eyes of New York City's African American and Latinx Harlem drag-ball scene. Made over seven years, PARIS IS BURNING offers an intimate portrait of rival fashion "houses," from fierce contests for trophies to house mothers offering sustenance in a world rampant with homophobia, transphobia, racism, AIDS, and poverty. Featuring legendary voguers, drag queens, and trans women — including Willi Ninja, Pepper LaBeija, Dorian Corey, and Venus Xtravaganza.

Loan of the film print with kind support of HfG Karlsruhe.
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