Paris is Burning (Cult Fiction)

Paris is Burning (Cult Fiction)

Paris is Burning

USA 1990 | vostf+all | 71' | c | Documentaire de : Jennie Livingston | Avec : Venus Xtravaganza, Pepper LaBeija, Octavia St. Laurent

Grand Prix du Jury, Sundance Film Festival 1991 ; Prix du Public, Toronto International Film Festival 1991


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.


« Glorious! Swift, entertaining and tantalizing. » (Village Voice)


« What makes all of this indelible is the people we meet: most hauntingly, the innocent and sultry Venus Xtravaganza, who is like a Dickensian waif turned into a surreal emblem of late-20th century yearning. » (Entertainment Weekly)


« Documentaire pionnier qui n’a rien perdu de sa pertinence, de sa force d’affirmation queer, ni de sa portée tragique plus de trente ans plus tard. » (

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