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Kiki compassionately captures a scene on the social margins, offering -- and demanding -- respect and empathy for people to whom it's too often denied.



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Sundance Selects will release the documentary KIKI, a dynamic coming of age story about resilience and the transformative art form that is voguing. KIKI offers riveting and complex insight into the daily lives of a group of LGBTQ youth-of-color who comprise the "Kiki" scene, a vibrant, safe space for performance created and governed by these activists.


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  • One thing Kiki does really well is show how these dance competitions are an organizational structure for kids who might otherwise slip through the cracks.

    Mar 1, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • "Kiki" shows us a group of brave and beautiful souls for whom the struggle is, unfortunately, probably about to get even harder.

    Feb 28, 2017 | Full Review…
  • [An] adroit documentary on the new generation of those in the ballroom and voguing scenes ...

    Feb 28, 2017 | Full Review…
  • It's an honest examination of the powers, and limits, of subcultures and small communities-and how quickly things can change for better or worse within them.

    Feb 24, 2017 | Full Review…
  • "Kiki" often casts a rueful gaze, but it's also exuberant and alive, and never despairing.

    Feb 23, 2017 | Full Review…
  • It explodes with energy, thanks in part to rattlesnake-taut dance tracks from MikeQ and ballroom DJ crew Qween Beat, but mostly from the Kiki kids themselves.

    Mar 10, 2016 | Full Review…

    Peter Debruge

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