Dir Sara Jordenö / Sweden/US / 2016 / 95min
Written by Sara Jordenö & Twiggy Pucci Garçon
In New York City, LGBTQ youth-of-colour gather out on the Christopher Street Pier, practicing a performance-based artform, Ballroom, which was made famous in the early 1990s by Madonna’s music video VOGUE and the documentary PARIS IS BURNING. Twenty-five years after these cultural touchstones, a new and very different generation of LGBTQ youth has formed an artistic activist subculture. Through a strikingly intimate and visually daring lens, Kiki offers a riveting and complex insight into a safe space created and governed by queer youth of color, who are demanding happiness and political power.
The film follows seven characters over the course of four years, using their preparations and spectacular performances at events known as Kiki balls as a framing device while delving into their battles with homelessness, illness and prejudice as well as their gains towards political influence and the conquering of affirming gender-expressions. We meet Twiggy Pucci Garçon, the founder and gatekeeper for the Haus of Pucci, Chi Chi, Gia, Chris, Divo, Symba and Zariya, all remarkable young people who each represent a unique and powerful personal story making Kiki an exciting coming of age story about agency, resilience and the transformative artform that is voguing.
Winner of the 2016 Teddy Award Best Documentary.
Followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Twiggy Pucci Garçon, hosted by Marc Thompson (BlackoutUK)
Twiggy Pucci Garçon (New York City, USA)
A model, a runway trainer, an LGBTQ youth advocate and co-writer of the Sundance-selected and Teddy Award-winning documentary feature film, ‘Kiki’, Twiggy has collaborated with artists, filmmakers, academics, and policymakers to increase visibility of both creative and sociopolitical agendas for LGBTQ communities of color. He has been a part of the Ballroom Community for over 10 years.
As a Senior Program Officer at the True Colors Fund, he works nationally to end LGBTQ youth homelessness in the US and has participated in a variety of dialogues LGBTQ youth issues and has been invited to the White House multiple times to work on this issue.
In the Ballroom Scene and outside of the community his work has been honored with many prestigious awards including the NY Black Pride Ballroom Leadership Award, the HEAT Program’s Outstanding Leadership and Community Service Award, GMHC/House of Latex Project’s Hector Xtravaganza Excellence Award, and the Kiki Scene’s Community Organizing Award.
An activist, mentor, ‘man-about-town’ and film buff, Marc Thompson has been involved in advocating for social justice for 25 years, with a focus on Black minority and ethnic communities. He is particularly interested in the intersection of race, sexuality and HIV and the impact it has on individuals and society. Marc has worked with various community based organisations including, GMFA, Big Up, Living Well and THT. He is currently the coordinator of Project 100, a national programme which aims to provide peer support for people living with HIV. Marc is a freelance trainer and public speaker who speaks and provides training at conferences, corporate events, schools, colleges and universities on race and sexuality, sexual health and living with HIV. Marc is also cofounder of Prepster.info, The Love Bank and BlackoutUK, all proud sponsors of Fringe! this year.
Supported by Blackout UK