Paris is Burning

PIB provides us with painfully honest insight into the lives of the poor, largely black, gay, disenchanted New York youths who relied on the Harlem drag ball culture for their only source of personal and socio-familial identities. Through belonging to the various cultural 'Houses', these kids (some shockingly young) found a place where they could be themselves and celebrate their sexual, social and racial identities without fear. Bold and beautiful if home spun, the Balls they attended were a life focus for many of the youth featured in the film.

Genre
Non-Fiction
Topics
Conduct of life, lifestyle, nonconformity, social deprivation, society
Director
Jennie Livingston
Format
DVD

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