Swedish director Sara Jordenö shares writing credit with Twiggy Pucci Garçon, one of the subjects of this inside look at New York’s ballroom and voguing culture, also known as the “Kiki” scene. The film follows its vibrant subjects over four years of fabulous looks, dance moves that defy belief, and celebratory gender transformations. “Kiki” is 2016’s much needed answer to 1991’s “Paris Is Burning,” for which filmmaker Jennie Livingston (who is white) was accused of cultural voyeurism. With Garçon at the helm, “Kiki” sizzles with all the fabulousness of “Paris,” but has the added benefit of authenticity.
After dazzling Sundance audiences with its behind-the-scenes look at the Manhattan voguing ballroom scene, Sara Jordenö and Twiggy Pucci Garcon’s documentary “Kiki” celebrated its success — and the end of Sundance — with a big party during the festival at the Kickstarter Green Room.
The film’s official synopsis reads: “Through a strikingly intimate and visually daring lens, ‘Kiki’offers a riveting, complex insight into a safe space created and governed by LGBTQ youths of color, who are demanding happiness and political power. The film is an exciting coming-of-age story about agency, resilience, and the transformative art form of voguing.”
Check out some behind-the-scenes footage from the party above, which features some of the doc’s cast putting their infectious skills to the test.