Paris is Burning
Thursday, October 16, 2014
6:00 – 9:00 P.M.
Short discussion after the film with Junior Labeija, a seminal icon of the NYC ball scene featured in Paris is Burning and Lala Zannell, Community Organizer with the New York City Anti Violence Project.
Downtown Community Television Center (DCTV)
87 Lafayette St. NYC
The year is 1987, Ronald Reagan is President, the country is in the midst of booming economic growth, and AZT has just become available to treat HIV/AIDS. This provides the backdrop of the iconic, Sundance award-winning film Paris is Burning, in which filmmaker Jennie Livingston explores teh thriving ball community in NYC in the 1980s where butch queens, Banji boys and vogue-femmes compete for realness and struggle for survival in the face of racism, poverty, violence and homelessness. In addition to surfacing important issues of gender, class, race and identity, Paris is Burning remains an important tool for LGBTQ communities and a celebration of the power of community-building and performance in the face of adversity.
Each month CCR hand-picks a new cutting-edge documentary. Screenings are free, and before each film you’ll have the opportunity to have a drink and mingle with a diverse mix of artists, lawyers, activists and filmmakers at a cool venue in the city. We want to hear from you, so after each screening, there will be a brief dialogue to share impressions on the film and discuss how we can work together to shape a better world.
Paris is Burning is a "legendary," Sundance prize-winning documentary that examines the elaborate ball culture of 1980s New York, surfacing issues of race, gender and class discrimination and threats to vulnerable LGBTQ and trans communities of color. Check out the trailer:
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