"Paris Is Burning" Film Screening
Monday, March 24, 2014 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PDT)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
A Film Showing of “Paris is Burning” will begin at 7:00 PM in Oakes 210. A chronicle of New York's drag scene in the 1980s, focusing on balls, voguing and the ambitions and dreams of those who gave the era its warmth and vitality. Fascinating, discomfiting, and poignant (sometimes all at once). These are folks who endure multiple layers of discrimination, as they are minorities both sexually and racially. But while their tales of rejection by both society and their own families are woeful and bitter, the participants come alive when they hit the "runway" (actually the floor of some old gymnasium) to strut their stuff, liberated from the pressure of blending in with the mainstream. They construct their own families: queer assemblages of love, support, and of course, competition for the crown. Professor Jackie Gardina will be facilitating a conversation after the film.