Paris Is Burning
Rated 14 Accompaniment (Coarse Language, Mature Theme, Sexual Content) ~ Runs 78 minutes
Dir.: Jennie Livingston, US, 1990
Dorian Corey, Will Ninja, Sol, Octavia St. Laurent
Paris is Burning is brought to you by Pride PEI as part of the Pride 25 Festival. Pay What You Can with a recommended donation of $5, with tickets only available at the door at the day of the performance.
“Chronicling the world of fierce performance and competition at Harlem drag balls during the 1980s, Jennie Livingston's Paris is Burning is a groundbreaking exploration of race, class, gender, and sexuality. The documentary follows the lives of Dorian Corey, Will Ninja, Sol, Freddie and Kim Pedavis, Octavia St. Laurent, Angie and Venus Xtravaganza, and Pepper LaBeija as they perform and tell their respective stories. Candid interviews with each of the performers are interspersed with images of extravagant costumes, lavishly decorated sets, elaborate voguing, and impassioned offstage rivalries and onstage face-offs. Beyond the spectacle and pageantry of the drag balls, Paris is Burning provides an intimate look into the very real lives of a community struggling to survive - queer and trans people of colour dealing with loss and pain, but always thinking of their hopes and dreams for the future.” - TIFF