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Pride Film: Paris is Burning
June 2, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm EDT
Paris is Burning* (1990) – 111 min.
Directed by Jennie Livingston
Pickford Theater, James Madison Memorial Building
101 Independence Ave SE, Washington, DC 20540
In a 2015 article in The Guardian, Ashley Clark noted, “Few documentaries can claim to have sparked as much discussion and controversy as Jennie Livingston’s debut Paris is Burning, the vibrant time capsule of New York’s ballroom subculture in the 80s.” The film explores the complex subculture of fashion shows and vogue dance competitions among black and Hispanic gay men, drag queens and transgender women in Manhattan. It shifts among ballroom contests and shows and interviews with contestants, who belong to different “houses” that are like families to them, sharing their views on wealth, notions of beauty, racism and gender orientation. This film has greatly influenced popular culture and was inducted into the Library of Congress National Film Registry.
Presented by the Library of Congress Music Division, in association with Capital Pride and LC-GLOBE.
*[R-rated] – No one under the age of 17 will be admitted without a parent or guardian.
FREE, tickets required (available 5/26 at 10am via the link provided)
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