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45 Ratings


Directed by Sara Jordenö
Sweden, 2016


25 years after Paris is Burning, we dive back into the fierce world of voguing battles in the Kiki scene of New York City, where competition between Houses demands leadership, painstaking practice, and performances on point.

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Kiki Directed by Sara Jordenö
One thing “Kiki” does really well is show how these dance competitions are an organizational structure for kids who might otherwise slip through the cracks… “Kiki,” with all its rough glamour and rambunctious dancing, is a political film. These kids live it.
March 01, 2017
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Ms. Jordeno chronicled her tight-knit group for several years, and was able to document two of her subjects, Gia Marie Love and Izana Vidal, at various stages of their transitioning to women. These are tough but tenderhearted young people who speak frankly about their various challenges, including the lure of sex work — relatively easy money in a world that still doesn’t much like seeing trans people working “straight” jobs.
February 28, 2017
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There is no voiceover narration, and intertitles are used sparingly. Kiki demands that its audience pay attention and listen to its seven main interlocutors… Jordenö, in a recurring motif, honors the kiki denizens the most when she captures them motionless, staring directly into the camera, regal and indefatigable.
February 28, 2017
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