Paris Is Burning

Paris Is Burning is a 1990 documentary film directed by Jennie Livingston. Filmed in the mid-to-late 1980s, it chronicles the ball culture of New York City and the African American, Latino, gay and transgender communities involved in it. Many members of the ball culture community consider Paris Is Burning to be an invaluable documentary of the end of the “Golden Age” of New York City drag balls, as well as a thoughtful exploration of race, class, and gender in America.

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  1. Courage and imagination. Being on the bottom rung of societies ladder, these people found a way to validation in the struggle of their lives..

  2. Hi, I’m actually looking for the company holding the distribution rights for Europe, so if anyone knows about that… My mail is [email protected] Thanks in advance!

  3. what ever happen to the two young boys?

  4. This is an excellent documentary. I enjoyed every single minute of it. An interesting subculture with lively rules and regulations. I know that this isn’t the case always, but they all seem to be so happy with who they are. I guess that’s just another aspect of pleasure and enjoyment they get while flaunting their alter egos and their sexuality (this time in front of a camera).

  5. Seems vaguely artistic, interesting stuff though. And an excellent documentary.

  6. I enjoyed this too. A culture I knew nothing about.

  7. An absolutely beautiful documentary. Everyone should see it.

  8. All of the people featured are now dead of AIDS. Except Venus who is now in a men’s prison.

    • Actually Venus was murdered in NY in 1988 at a hotel. Sadl. She was beautiful.

    •  they are not all dead of Aids…you obviously haven’t even watched the doc in its entirety or else you would have known that Venus was killed in 1989.  It is sad that most of the spotlighted cast is gone.. but the balls live on and drag is  more prominent than ever… thank God these people had the courage to walk the fierce walk…

      • my bad..Venus was murdered in 1988 … I’m trying to find mention of it in any NY newspaper archives or obituaries …… nothing… there is rumor that she was from Jersey City and of Italian descent with the last name Pellagatti. Not sure how this came about but I would think if the dt’s were having a hard time identifying the body they would have had an article in the paper discussing the crime???? I wonder where she was found (at which motel in NYC)…

  9. Listen buddy, I know too well it’s real and has been since Hellenic Greece and nothing has changed except bio-tech. If you’d just stick to the transhumanism agenda a little more closely and hire a Roxxxy male version sexbot, there’d be a whole generation of happier, healthier children. In other words GFUS and leave off the children.

  10. this is disturbing and pathetic

  11. DaftAida, I feel sorry for ya man! Just pretend it’s a science fiction movie about a planet a long long way from here.

  12. what the fuck is the world coming too!

  13. I loved this documentary~ I could never imagine anything so fabulous in my life, and I think it’s amazing!

  14. I am going to have to stomach watching this as part of my reasearch.

    •  “research”  ….. that’s a good one.. the first time anyone get’s caught at a gay bar .. they say they are doing “research”.. that’s awesome.. good for you.. don’t worry.. we won’t tell…