Film Screening: 'Paris Is Burning'

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Film Screening: 'Paris Is Burning'
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The Seattle Public Library says
Please join us and Seattle Nonbinary Collective for a free screening of "Paris Is Burning." This poignant, well-received documentary from 1991 reveals the community of New York's minority drag queens, gay black and Latino men who cross dress as women and invent the dance style of "voguing," imitating the fashion poses on the covers of the magazine Vogue. As director Jennie Livingston discovers, her subjects band together into family-like "houses" for protection, taking the same last names and competing in drag balls where awards are given out for authenticity or "realness," as well as other categories like "evening wear" and "executive wear." Both an embracing and a refutation of the world of high fashion, the balls become the social locus of this underclass, underground society of outcasts defiantly refusing to be ignored by a world that scorns them. More information: http://post.spl.org/2fQ9MGa
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By: The Seattle Public Library

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