As I wrote in indieWIRE four years ago, “When I first saw “Paris Is Burning” in Los Angeles in 1991 it blew me away. Not counting Michael Moore‘s “Roger & Me,” it was the first true documentary, in this case a portrait of a group of New Yorkers who were part of the ball scene, I had ever seen in a movie theater. After it came out on video, I watched it many more times with friends and have always admired Jennie Livingston for creating such an incredible look inside a world that my friends and I found eye-opening. Listening to Cheryl Lynn‘s “Got To Be Real” today still takes me back to the first time I saw the film.”
I am so there.
More on the film at Wikipedia.