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Paris is Burning


Applying Lipstick

This legendary 1990 documentary chronicles the ball culture of New York City and the African-American, Latino, drag, gay and trans communities involved, with particular focus on powerful trans women like Venus Xtravaganza, Dorian Corey and Octavia St. Laurent. If you thought the queens on RuPaul’s Drag Race knew how to sashay down a runway, then you’re in for a treat. The film took years to make, and had to be edited down from 75 hours of footage, but it was so worth the effort as it provided an invaluable insight into a part of queer history that was rarely documented – but will now live on forever. Highlighting this fact, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry for being “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant” in 2016.

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