“Kiki” premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. Now, the LGBTQ voguing documentary will open in New York on March 1. Watch an exclusive clip below.
Directed by Swedish filmmaker Sara Jordenö, “Kiki” follows a group of queer youth of color, as they unite to form a safe gathering place in their hometown of New York City. Twiggy Pucci Garçon, an LGBTQ activist, model and figurehead in the voguing ball scene, is one of the subjects of the film. Other participants include Gia Marie Love, a trans woman who’s a former high-school debate champ; the effusive Chi Chi Mizrahi, another leader among the group; and Zariya, whom Chi Chi guides and protects as she struggles to find her home as a trans women.
Jordenö spoke to Red Bull Music Academy Radio about why she was drawn to the project.
“It felt very important to do a film that didn’t ‘expose this secret world,'” she said. “We wanted to do a character-driven film. We follow the journey of seven people so you also get a really strong sense of their stories, what brought them to the kiki scene, what happened when they were exposed to the kiki scene, how they changed as people, how they are inspiring other people with the kind of advocacy they do.”
The film’s score was composed by the ballroom collective Qween Beat.