Oberlin’s annual celebration of black creativity features the Kuumba Week Film Festival. See five award-winning films that explore such themes as race, equity, activism, displacement, gender identity, and religion. Music—from rap to gospel—are also strong components of each film.
KiKi (2018) is an American-Swedish coproduced documentary film. It takes place in New York City, and focuses on the ‘‘drag and voguing scene.’’ KiKi explores the lives of LGBT youth of color at a time when Black Lives Matter and trans rights are making headlines.
The youth gather on the Christopher Street Pier to practice the performance-based art form ballroom, which was made famous in the early 1990s by Madonna’s music video, Vogue, and the documentary, Paris Is Burning.
Stay for the talkback to discuss KiKi with film cowriter Twiggy Pucci Garçon and Brian Smith ’20.