THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2019 | 7:15 PM | NORTHWEST FILM FORUM
France | 2019 | 47 minutes | Audrey Jean-Baptiste | In French with English subtitles
Originally from French Guiana, Lasseindra learned voguing, runway walking, and body-dropping dance battling from her found family in New York City’s underground, before moving to Paris to establish her own House of Ninja and foster the French ballroom scene. In this documentary addressing overlapping struggles regarding race, religion, culture, and queerness, director Audrey Jean-Baptiste captures Lasseindra’s return to her rigidly gendered home country, where she teaches voguing workshops to LGBTQ+ youth. Her determination to live an authentic life on her own terms proves inspirational to her students, who, through dance, learn to love themselves and be proud, confident, and fabulous.
This film is deaf-friendly.
VOGUING THE MESSAGE
David Bronstein, Dorothy Low, Jack Walworth; 1989; USA; 13 min: CC
Voguing competitions that parody fashion shows and rate the contestants on the basis of movement, appearance and costume, are highlighted in this 1989 documentary that provides early access to the movement that eventually swept the nation.
Director: Audrey Jean-Baptiste
Principal Cast: Lasseindra Ninja
Running Time: 47 minutes
Producers: Audrey Estrougo
Writer: Audrey Jean-Baptiste
Editor: Billie Belin
Music: Tanguy Laillier