In New York City, LGBTQI+ youth-of-colour gather on the Christopher Street Pier, practising a performance-based artform, 'Ballroom', which was made famous in the early 1990s by Madonna’s music video for 'Vogue' and the documentary Paris Is Burning.
Twenty-five years after these cultural touchstones, a new and very different generation of LGBTQ+ youth have formed an artistic activist subculture, named the Kiki scene.
Kiki follows seven characters from the Kiki community over the course of four years. The documentary uses their preparations and spectacular performances at Kiki balls as a framing device while delving into their battles with homelessness, illness and prejudice.
But Kiki also records their gains towards political influence and the conquering of affirming gender-expressions. We meet Twiggy Pucci Garçon, the founder and gatekeeper for the Haus of Pucci, Chi Chi, Gia, Chris, Divo, Symba and Zariya.
Each of these remarkable young people has a unique and powerful personal story, illuminating the Kiki scene and queer life in the US for LGBTQI+ youth-of-colour.
‘Kiki shows us a group of brave and beautiful souls for whom the struggle is, unfortunately, probably about to get even harder’ –The New York Times
‘It's an honest examination of the powers, and limits, of subcultures and small communities – and how quickly things can change for better or worse within them’ –The Atlantic
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