Paris is Burning

Paris is Burning

Directed by Jennie Livingston

Friday, June 28, 6 pm (Cinema+) – SOLD OUT

Saturday, June 29, 3 pm

Saturday, June 29, 6 pm

Sunday, June 30, 3 pm


“Combines drama, sociology, culture and history into a powerful, passionate and entertaining package.”—Karl Soehnlein, Out Week

This landmark documentary provides a vibrant snapshot of the 1980s through the eyes of New York City’s African American and Latinx Harlem drag ball scene. Made over seven years, Paris is Burning offers an intimate portrait of rival fashion “houses,” from fierce contests for trophies, to house mothers offering sustenance in a world rampant with homophobia and transphobia, racism, AIDS, and poverty. Featuring legendary voguers, drag queens, and trans women—including Willi Ninja, Pepper LaBeija, Dorian Corey, and Venus Xtravaganza—Paris is Burning brings it, celebrating the joy of movement, the force of eloquence, and the draw of community.

Digitally remastered by the UCLA Film and Television Archive in conjunction with Sundance Institute and Outfest UCLA Legacy Project. Preservation funded by Sundance Institute, Outfest, and the Andrew J. Kuehn Jr. Foundation.  1990, U.S., DCP, 71 minutes.  Recommended for 16+.

Cinema+ a post-screening discussion led by Jaison Gardner, co-host of the WFPL podcast Strange Fruit.