Get your popcorn ready – Paris is Burning, a 1990 American documentary film directed by Jennie Livingston, has returned to theatres across the country this year. Filmed in the mid-to-late 1980s, it chronicles the ball culture of New York City and the African-American, Latinx, gay, and transgender communities. Re-released during Pride for a new generation, the landmark film that still resonates today is a thoughtful exploration of race, class, gender and sexuality in America.
We sat down with Alphonso King Jr., who knew and worked with many people featured in the documentary, about the film’s legacy. With some critics considering it an invaluable portrayal of the end of the “Golden Age” of New York City drag balls, the film also documents the origins of “voguing”, a dance style in which competing ball-walkers pose and freeze in glamorous positions as if being photographed for the cover of Vogue.
Check out the showtimes at different locations all across the country!