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Pioneering life

Kiki throws the viewer right into the lives of Black, diseased youngsters in New York, who for various reasons have been placed outside the American Dream.

Kiki (2016)
Directed by Sara Jordenö


"Everything is a transition," one of the film's protagonists says initially, setting the tone for what is to come. The documentary Kiki was created by Swedish director Sara Jordenö, in collaboration with Twiggy Pucci Garcon and other members of the NYC Kiki Ballroom stage – a New York underground environment for LGBT youths (lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people) who have been kicked out of home. We get to follow different young people connected to the environment, and throughout the film we return to different scenes from the environment ballroom where the underground environment organizes competitions in voguing. The performances, which consist of various model-like movements, originated in African American environments in New York in the 1960 century. One goal of voguing is to emulate stereotypical behaviors from other walks of life and make it their own. In this way, they can parody and take over the behavior of more privileged groups – while exploring and unfolding themselves.

All photos: Sundance Film Festival
All photos: Sundance Film Festival

On their own terms. There are quick scene changes,. . .

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