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Pride: Paris is Burning

Pride: Paris is Burning

Pride: Paris is Burning

Dir. Jennie Livingston
76 min

Pride Month Programming | June 5 at 4pm & 7pm

Where does voguing come from, and what, exactly, is throwing shade? This landmark documentary by Jennie Liningston 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.

Digitally remastered by the UCLA Film and Television Archive in conjunction with Sundance Institute and Outfest UCLA Legacy Project. Preservation funded by Sundance Institute, Outfest and the Andrew J. Kuehn Jr. Foundation.

Film Details

Programs: Pride, Special Screenings
Release Year: 1990
Runtime: 76 min
Country/Region: USA
Language: English
Print Source: Janus Films
Tags: Documentary, Fashion, LGBTQ+, Women Directors


Director: Jennie Livingston
Executive Producer: Davis Lacy, Nigel Finch
Producer: Jennie Livingston
Cinematographer: Paul Gibson
Editor: Jonathan Oppenheim