If you’ve ever heard slutty laughter resonating through the streets late at night, if you’ve ever dressed to the nines and sashayed onto a dance floor, if you’ve ever gossiped about the beauty of each passerby outside a bar, you should know- the reason we’re able to proudly and naturally embody the Queen Bitch persona can be traced back to the release of Paris is Burning 30 years ago.
Director Jennie Livingston probably did not expect this “fire” to have ignited the Americas， much less spreading beyond the continent and burning down cultural barriers across the globe. This low budget documentary offers an intimate portrait of an established subculture consisting of queer/trans and Black/Latinx communities living through the AIDS crisis that began to rock New York in the 80s. It uses a spiritually “real”beauty and confidence to resist the constrictive nature of “proper society”, as well as sends a critical, almost life-saving, message: you might be the minority, but you are not alone.
2020 marks the 30th anniversary of Paris is Burning. On September 24, the film screening and ballroom event will be held in 44KW by SHQFF & Voguing Shanghai, to present and celebrate the power of our communities.
Besides Paris is Burning, we will also be showing the Voguing Cultural documentary by NOWNESS.
After the screenings, there will be featured speech introducing more stories and information about ballroom culture. Guests include：
Curator of SHQFF.
赵丹 Zhao Dan (right)
Director of the screened short from NOWNESS
Shirley Milan (left)
也是传奇家族House of Milan家族成员兼中国大陆首个家族Kawakubo家族族母雪莲
Co-founder of Voguing Shanghai. Member of House of Milan.
In the Realness category of Ballroom, participants will dress up like their ideal professions. Each occupation has its own way to shine and is worth being seen and heard. Shirley Milan will lead five dancers in dressing up as a military officer, teacher, pilot, fashion editor, and fitness coach, and then performing the old way style of All Star dancing to showcase their true selves.
影片展映和 Voguing Shanghai 表演后，当晚也为大家准备了蹦迪的舞台，DJ为 TSUNANO 和 RUI HO 。
Following the screening and Voguing Shanghai dancing, DJ TSUNANO and RUI HO will start the party for the night!