Dir. Audrey Jean-Baptiste, France, 2019, 46 mins
Audrey Jean-Baptiste’s triumphant FABULOUS follows Lasseindra Ninja, a notable fixture of the ballroom scene in Paris, who travels from France to French Guiana in order to teach the art of voguing to LGBTQ young adults in her home country. A powerful and personal look at one woman’s return home, FABULOUS gives the gift of empowerment and community to the next generation of queer dancers.
Cast: Lasseindra Ninja
Burn the House Down
Dir. Giselle Bailey & Nneka Onuorah, France, 2019, 44 mins
When one of us wins, we all win—and BURN THE HOUSE DOWN sets out to prove that. Giselle Bailey and Nneka Onuorah’s immersive documentary follows Kiddy Smile and several Parisian dancers as they prepare to perform in his next concert (which also features FABULOUS’ Lasseindra Ninja). After DJing for Emmanuel Macron in a T-shirt that read “Fils d’immigrés, noir et pédé” (which translates to “son of an immigrant, Black and gay), Smile was the subject of extraordinary praise and backlash. But he and his friends won’t let that faze them. As they discuss contemporary racism, xenophobia, homophobia, transphobia, and the art that binds them, these rising stars make it clear that they won’t stop until everyone knows Paris is still burning.
Cast: Kiddy Smile, Lasseindra Ninja, Habibitch, Lazy Flow
Q&A to follow
Presented in partnership with Harlem Pride.