Burn the House Down & Fabulous


91m
GENRE: African Diaspora | Black/African American | Dance | Documentary | Immigration/Exile
SECTION: Documentary

This dynamic double feature presents a show stopping pair of dance docs from France. Centering around the ballroom scene of Paris, Vice Media's riveting Burn the House Down—making its world premiere at Frameline43—offers a peek at the fire that illuminates the City of Lights' underground vogue scene; Fabulous paints an electrifying portrait of legendary international voguing star Lasseindra Ninja, who leaves behind her House, community, and the big city ballroom scene of Paris to bring vogue instruction to her rigidly traditional homeland of French Guiana.

FILMS IN THIS PROGRAM

Burn the House Down

DIRECTORS Giselle Bailey & Nneka Onuorah | 2019 | France | 44m

Ballroom is alive and well, and Paris is indeed on fire. In the lead up to the next great Kiddy Smile (Let a Bitch Know, Be Honest) concert, diverse and passionate members of Paris' glamorous ballroom community break down issues of race, immigrant culture, queer visibility, and free expression in a diverse but also deeply divided contemporary France.

Fabulous

DIRECTOR Audrey Jean-Baptiste | 2019 | France | 47m

Legendary international voguing star Lasseindra Ninja leaves behind her House, community, and the big city ballroom scene of Paris to bring vogue instruction to her rigidly traditional homeland of French Guiana. Returning home, she offers the community's straight and LGBTQ+ youth insight into a successful life lived on one's own terms, empowering and inspiring them to embrace self-love, pride, fabulousness, and confidence through the expression of dance.

SPONSORED BY
Gilead

CO-PRESENTED BY
Alliance Française San Francisco Oakland LGBTQ Community Center