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DLCL Winter Film Series Screening: Paris Is Burning (1990) Jennie Livingston
Jennie Livingston’s documentary Paris is Burning explores the Golden Age of underground drag balls in New York City in the 1980s through a series of touching interviews and performances. This documentary was selected for preservation by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” in its portrayal of African-American and Latino queer culture as well as a intimate look at the survival strategies and artistic practices of gay and transgender communities.
Discussion will focus on analyzing the relationships between gender and sexuality, love and friendship, body and performance. We will also address the intersections of gender, sexuality, race, and class as well as the different ways that film has represented sexuality across cultures, schools of cinema, film technologies, and history.
These screenings are part of the DLCL Film Series DLCL 152A/354A, which undergraduates and undergraduates can take for one unit C/NC. All screenings are free and open to the public and audience members are encouraged to participate in the discussions following the films. Please be aware that some films may include graphic or disturbing content: viewers are therefore advised to familiarize themselves with the films' content before viewing. May be repeated for credit.