Sweden, United States201694 MinEnglish
Subtitles: DE, EN, FR
- Olivier Père, Director of ARTE France Cinéma -
Following in the footsteps of the captivating "Paris is Burning!" (1990), which revealed voguing and ball culture, Kiki revisits the thriving underground ballroom scene in New York City twenty-five years later and gives a voice to the city's black LGBT community. An electrifying and political documentary, punctuated by an excellent soundtrack by Qween Beats.
A dynamic coming of age story about agency, resilience and the transformative artform that is Voguing, KIKI offers riveting and complex insight into the daily lives of a group of LGBTQ youth-of-color who comprise the “Kiki” scene, a vibrant, safe space for performance created and governed by these activists. Following members of the scene as they prepare for and perform at exuberant Kiki balls in New York City, KIKI highlights the infectious joy of these performances, while also foregrounding the scene's urgent social function as an alternative family structure.
- Berlinale Panorama 2016 – Teddy Award
- Sundance 2016 – Official Selection
- Starring: Gia Marie Love, Divo Pink Lady, Chi Chi Mizrahi
- Production: Story AB, Hard Working Movies
- Distribution: Submarine Entertainment, IFC Films
- International Sales: Submarine Entertainment, IFC Films
- Screen Daily -
Sad, proud, loud, funny, energetic and affecting, KIKI the documentary reflects accurately the spirit of Kiki, the scene.
Sara Jordenö is a NYC and Gothenburg-based Swedish visual artist and documentary filmmaker whose stories often concern communities facing different types of marginalization and how they position themselves in the world. Her cinematic projects and commissions have been shown internationally at venues such as the Rotterdam International Film Festival, The Viennale, 5th Berlin Biennial, The Modern Museum, Stockholm, GIBCA, Gothenburg, the Kitchen and MoMA PS1. KIKI (2016) is her feature documentary debut.
I think that it challenges the audience to think a little more about the kind of projections they make onto this group, because they get a lot of projections onto them: by police, by everybody.