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“Paris is Burning” and “In The Ashes: 25 Years of ‘Paris is Burning'”

February 19, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

o-paris-is-burning-facebookJennie Livingston’s iconic documentary, which celebrates its 25th anniversay in 2016, offers an intimate portrait of the Harlem drag balls, where rival fashion “houses” compete for trophies and cash prizes in categories like “face,” “femme queen realness” and “voguing.” Winner of a Sundance Grand Jury Prize, Paris is Burning celebrates how one group of New Yorkers, for whom racism, poverty, and homophobia are all too real, create a world of sustenance and joy.

As part of this year’s 11th Annual Celebration of Jewish Art and Culture, we are offering this special screening with a panel discussion called “In the Ashes: 25 Years of ‘Paris is Burning,'” which will discuss the film’s lasting impact on the LGBT movement, the allegations of exploitation and appropriation that have been leveled against the film, and what place this film will have in our collective queer future.

“In the Ashes: 25 Years of ‘Paris is Burning'” will begin at 7 p.m. The screening of the film “Paris is Burning” will follow at 8 p.m.


February 19, 2016
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Charter Oak Cultural Center

21 Charter Oak Avenue




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