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Out at the Roxy

Paris Is Burning

Where does voguing come from, and what, exactly, is throwing shade? This landmark documentary provides a vibrant snapshot of the 1980s through the eyes of New York City’s African American and Latinx Harlem drag ball scene. Made over seven years, Paris Is Burning offers an intimate portrait of rival fashion “houses,” from fierce contests for trophies, to house mothers offering sustenance in a world rampant with homophobia and transphobia, racism, AIDS, and poverty. Featuring legendary voguers, drag queens, and trans women—including Willi Ninja, Pepper LaBeija, Dorian Corey, and Venus Xtravaganza—Paris Is Burning brings it, celebrating the joy of movement, the force of eloquence, and the draw of community.

Out at the Roxy celebrates the power and Pride of LGBTQ+ people by removing the door from the celluloid closet. 

Sponsored by Golden Yolk Griddle!

Cast: Willi Ninja, Pepper LaBeija, Dorian Corey, Venus Xtravaganza
Director: Jennie Livingston
Rated: R
Duration: 78 min
Released: 1990
Genre: Documentary

Out at the Roxy

Paris Is Burning

Paris Is Burning