Documentary 'Kiki' hits theaters and video services tomorrow

Kiki, a new documentary about LGBTQ youth of color and the kiki and ball scenes, comes out in select Los Angeles theaters and video on demand services tomorrow, Friday, February 24th. It will open in New York City March 1. The film follows those in the ballroom and kiki scenes over the course of four years; showing everything from their involvement in the world of ballroom competitions, to their personal stories of familial relationships and homelessness, to political and HIV and AIDS advocacy. Made as a collaboration between Kiki gatekeeper, Twiggy Pucci Garçon and the Swedish filmmaker Sara Jordenö, Kiki is largely considered to be a modern descendant to the 1990 documentary Paris is Burning.

As well as being released on demand for Sundance Selects on IFC, Kiki will also get a limited theatrical run. For those in the Los Angeles area, this includes special screenings with Q&As following the film. On Friday night, February 24th, there will be a panel moderated by Trace Lysette of Transparent, and on Saturday, February 25th, the panel will be moderated by actor and advocate Wilson Cruz. Both panels will include director Sara Jordenö and the film subjects Chi Chi, Chris, Twiggy, and Zariya. They will take place at the Laemmle Monica Film Center in Santa Monica at 7:10pm. Tickets are available here.

Kiki's message is more important now than ever. The stories of queer and trans young people of color are still rarely told, much less in such an in-depth way. Hearing these stories of resilience within this community is crucial, and Kiki empowers these young people to share their own voices. We must all stand together to resist the powers working to divide us. Here's where you can watch Kiki on demand, check out the trailer below.