Making its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival last year, director Sara Jordenö’s “Kiki” is a strikingly intimate documentary that offers riveting, complex insight into a safe space created and governed by LGBTQ youth of color in New York City, who are claiming their own peace and political power. The film is a coming-of-age story about agency, resilience, and the transformative art form of voguing.
Sundance Selects/IFC Films acquired USA distribution rights to “Kiki” last summer, and has now set a February 24, 2017 release in the USA in theaters and on VOD simultaneously.
Following its Sundance premiere, “Kiki” screened at the Berlin International Film Festival, where it won the Teddy Award for best documentary/essay film, as well as the Kathleen Bryan Edwards Award for Human Rights at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.
“Sara Jordenö and Twiggy Pucci Garçon spent four revelatory years in the LBGTQ ballroom scene in New York City documenting the electrifying and empowering DIY culture that has continued to evolve in the 25 years since ‘Paris Is Burning’ first introduced film audiences to the art of ‘voguing’,” said Arianna Bocco, Sundance Selects SVP of acquisitions and productions, in a previous statement. “‘Kiki’ explodes with energy and hope as it introduces some of the most unforgettable characters and amazing dance sequences seen recently in documentary film.”
It’s worth noting that, last year (2016) “Paris Is Burning” was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.
Jordenö’s “Kiki” is produced by Story and Hard Working Movies. Catch in theaters or on VOD, on February 24th.
IFC Films has premiered a trailer for the film which is embedded below: