HA NOI (VNS) — Nha San Collective will host a free screening tomorrow evening of an American documentary about transgender people and racism.
The 78-minute film Paris is Burning, directed by Jennie Livingston in 1990, chronicles the ball culture of New York City and the African-American, Latino, gay and transgender communities involved in it.
It also documents the origins of "voguing", a dance style in which competing ball-walkers freeze and pose in glamorous positions, as if being photographed for the cover of Vogue. It depicts different communities and gender identities, and their various forms of expression. It also explores how its subjects deal with racism, homophobia, AIDS and poverty.
The film won several awards, including a Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize, a Berlin International Film Festival Teddy Bear and an audience award from the Toronto International Film Festival.
It will be screened in English with Vietnamese subtitles at 24 Ly Quoc Su Street, Ha Noi. — VNS