The MSU Film Series presents a free screening of the seminal 1991 documentary, Paris is Burning.
Described by director Jennie Livingston as "a complex essay on class, race, identity, and the transformative power of dance and performance…[t]he film examines how a community of Black and Latino gay and transgender New Yorkers build sustenance, creativity, and family."
This groundbreaking look at ballroom culture in the late 1980s is routinely cited as one of the most influential documentaries of its time. In 2016, the film was added to the Library of Congress' National Film Registry.
The screening will be followed by a panel discussion on racism in the LGBTQ community.