Kiki Reviews

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March 1, 2017
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.
February 28, 2017
"Kiki" shows us a group of brave and beautiful souls for whom the struggle is, unfortunately, probably about to get even harder.
February 28, 2017
[An] adroit documentary on the new generation of those in the ballroom and voguing scenes ...
February 24, 2017
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.
February 23, 2017
"Kiki" often casts a rueful gaze, but it's also exuberant and alive, and never despairing.
March 10, 2016
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.
March 15, 2019
There is a bittersweet quality to Kiki, with the strength and beauty of those in the scene always offset by the ignorance or fear of those outside it.
February 3, 2019
Kiki features a cast of eloquent, engaging characters struggling against a broad range of socio, economic, and political obstacles, but the way that filmmaker Jordenö engages with the context and history of these issues lacks depth.
December 4, 2018
You will be hard-pressed to find another film that celebrates gender and sexual expression the way KIKI does.
August 23, 2017
Skipping orientation and outside commentary, [Sara] Jordeno jumps into a scene that provides more than a place for highly stylized Vogue dancing and outre costumes. To those in it, it's also a home.
July 14, 2017
Kiki serves as a reminder that in parts of American and Western society, minorities are still rejected from the mainstream on the basis of dated, racist, and homophobic prejudices.
June 28, 2017
If for no other reason, you should see Kiki to understand the complexity of subcultures in America and how they are extracted from consistently.
June 25, 2017
For those of viewers who have never kikied, they should not miss this documentary; for those who have, Kiki offers a refreshing and melancholic look at how far we've come.
May 28, 2017
What's thrilling is the sense of action and progress among the young activists, who outline both the economic problems here and their mechanisms for survival with eye-opening clarity.
March 10, 2017
Its population is largely gay and trans people of color, who've found a large and rich support system amongst a scene first documented in 1990's Paris is Burning.
March 1, 2017
Positivity sparkles in every sequence
February 28, 2017
When compared to the high-stakes dramas at the center of Paris Is Burning, where sex workers dreamed of becoming supermodels, Kiki feels rather tame.
February 23, 2017
Not as much fun as you'd expect, but an honest, if heavy-spirited, take on today's house scene.
August 25, 2016
Ultimately, it's the power of how the Kiki scene empowers, emboldens, and ignites its participants, who are all facing racial, gender, and sexual discrimination, to transcend all that while declaring to the world: "I am beautiful. No matter what you say."
February 19, 2016
Though the film is eager to delve deep with these various individuals, it's curiously disinterested in the one factor that unites them all.
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