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Paris is Burning (Digital Restoration)

Wednesday, July 3, 2019, 6:40 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Where: Digital Gym Cinema, 2921 El Cajon Boulevard, San Diego | get directions

Cost: $7.50 - $11

Age limit: 18+

Tagline: Category is… iconic LGBTQ+ documentary. In Jennie Livingston’s seminal PARIS IS BURNING, the vibrant, revolutionary, and iconoclastic African American and Latinx members of Harlem’s drag ball community grapple with systematic oppression, racism, homophobia, transphobia, and poverty while remaining wholly committed to their means of transcendent artistic expression. Synopsis: Where does voguing come from, and what, exactly, is throwing shade? 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. SHOWTIMES: Friday, June 28: 4:30, 8:10 Saturday, June 29: 4:30, 8:10 Sunday, June 30: 1:10, 5:00 Monday, July 1: 11:00 AM, 7:00 Tuesday, July 2: 5:10 Wednesday, July 3: 3:00, 6:40 Thursday, July 4: 1:50, 5:25

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