Watching it at the time it felt very elegaic, in part because of what was happening in the world. However, it also might be built into a movie like this. Once a scene is ripe for a documentary, in some ways that moment is over. So I remember feeling privileged to get access to a record of something that many people found valuable, but really sad at the same time. I can't imagine what it would be like to watch now.
Accessible entryway into drag culture's roots as a punk movement. The concepts of "realness" and "passing" feel a little limiting now considering the contemporary discourse surrounding aestheticizing femininity, but the real villain of those discussions is societal expectation. Rest in Power Venus Xtravaganza.
Poignant and bittersweet. Beneath the glamour (beautifully captured), there's a lot of pain and longing. So much lies beneath the surface. The director was able to capture the vulnerability, the hopes and desires of these people who so wanted the roles they played to be their reality - as their actual reality was so difficult
This movie is like a Bible for the queer/ball community. I have watched this movie several times at this point and I still enjoy each story told throughout the film. It does make me happy and sad to see how things have turned for the ball community in a sense that being gay has become okay but there still continues to be a high volume of violence and homelessness towards queer community of color. We shall do better.