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Previously unseen footage from 'Paris Is Burning' documentary set for release


Never-before-seen footage taken from the 1990 documentary Paris Is Burning is set for release.

The film, directed by Jennie Livingston, details the drag ball culture of New York City and was filmed predominantly the mid-to-late 1980s.

The film explored a different take on race, class, gender, and sexuality in America and is considered by many to be an invaluable documentary of the end of the “Golden Age” of ball culture.

The Criterion Collection, a foundation who famously triumph the licensing “important classic and contemporary films,” has announced their intentions to revisit Livingston’s film with some never-before-seen clips in February 2020.

“Where does voguing come from, and what, exactly, is throwing shade? The landmark documentary PARIS IS BURNING (1990) provides a vibrant snapshot of the 1980s through the eyes of New York City’s African American and Latinx Harlem drag-ball scene,” Criterion said of the film.

They added: “Made over seven years, PARIS IS BURNING offers an intimate portrait of rival fashion “houses,” from fierce contests for trophies to house mothers offering sustenance in a world rampant with homophobia, transphobia, racism, AIDS, and poverty.”