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U.S. Documentary Competition


The documentary "Kiki" is as bright, colorful and fully alive as the New York LGBT dance scene it captures and celebrates. Director Sara Jordenö follows the young men and women who gravitate to the club scene known as "kiki," where the idea is to dress as provocatively and as outrageously as possible, walk the runway, and dance one's cares away. Those cares are weighty, as many in the scene have had to deal with harassment, family rejection and the many issues associated with coming out (especially for black kids and Latinos, which many of the "kiki" participants are). Jordenö's camera captures both the pain and heartbreak, but also the sense of community in this brightly lit scene. The inspiring message is that the people in "Kiki" don't choose to be gay or trans — they just are — but they do make the choice to be who they are as fabulously as possible.

— Sean P. Means

"Kiki" screens again at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival: Wednesday, 3 p.m., Yarrow Hotel Theatre, Park City; Thursday, 10 p.m., Redstone Cinema 2, Park City; Friday, 6 p.m., Salt Lake City Library Theatre; Saturday, 9 a.m., Yarrow Hotel Theatre, Park City.