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Rated R · 71 minutes · 1990


A look at the subculture of gay Harlem, which features drag balls, where gay blacks and hispanics, representing various houses, compete for trophies. The film details the lives of flamboyant characters with names like Pepper LeBeija, Willie Ninja and Venus Xtravaganza, who live to strut their stuff on-stage at these Balls--part social club, part fashion show. But Paris is Burning is also a portrait of an alternative community with surprisingly conventional desires for stability, security and self-validation.

Director: Jennie Livingston
Cast: André Christian, Dorian Corey, Paris Duprée, Shari Headley, Junior Labeija, Pepper LaBeija, Willi Ninja, Freddie Pendavis, Octavia St. Laurent and Anji Xtravaganza

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