Freedom Flicks presents Paris is Burning- Thursday, October 16
Thursday, October 16, 2014 12:00am
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 the thriving ball community in New York 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 a an important organizing tool for LGBTQ communities and a celebration of the power of community-building and performance art in the face of adversity.
Paris is Burning
Thursday, October 16, 2014
6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Doors open at 6 p.m., screening starts at 6:30 p.m.
This film is rated R.
Downtown Community Television center (DCTV)
87 Lafayette St.
New York, NY 10013
After the film, please join us for a short conversation with Junior Labeija, a seminal icon of the NYC ball scene featured in Paris is Burning and Lala Zannell, Community Organizer with New York City Anti Violence Project.
About Freedom Flicks: Each month CCR hand-picks a new cutting-edge documentary. Paris is Burning is the fourth selection in our series. Screenings are free. After each screening, there will be a talk-back to share impressions on the film, discuss its themes, and build community.
This Month’s Flick: Paris is Burning is a “legendary”, Sundance prize-winning documentary that examines the elaborate ball culture of 1980s New York, surfacing issue of race, gender and class discrimination and threats to vulnerable LGBTQ and trans communities of color.