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Paris Is Burning

19 February 2020
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Ritchie Theatre, John Niland Scientia Building (G19)
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Photo of person in dress inside a hall


As part of UNSW's celebrations during the Mardi Gras Festival, we are excited to screen Paris Is Burning (dir. Jennie Livingston, 1990). Join us for a 30th anniversary celebration of this LEGENDARY documentary!

"Where does voguing come from, and what, exactly, is throwing shade? This landmark documentary provides a vibrant snapshot of the 1980s through the eyes of New York City’s African American and Latinx Harlem drag-ball scene. 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. Featuring legendary voguers, drag queens, and trans women — including Willi Ninja, Pepper LaBeija, Dorian Corey, and Venus Xtravaganza — Paris Is Burning brings it, celebrating the joy of movement, the force of eloquence, and the draw of community." - The Criterion Collection

We acknowledge the Bedegal people, who are the traditional custodians of the land upon which this event takes place.

Wheelchair Accessible

Ritchie Theatre is located on the Lower Ground Floor of the John Niland Scientia Building (Map reference: G19).

Assisted Listening

Upon request, we can arrange for the film to be captioned.


To discuss your access requirements and to book selected access services, please contact the Division of Equity Diversity and Inclusion via or 02 9385 0319.

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