Benjamin’s review published on Letterboxd:
Paris is Burning is informative, engaging, and affecting. The filmmaking style allows a beautiful, resilient, and influential community to express themselves and speak about their culture, accomplishments, struggles, and everything else in between all of those things. The film offers insight into how deeply racism, classism, homophobia, and transphobia are embedded into American culture while also showing how hypocritical most phobic and privileged people are. It is fascinating to see the evolution of ball competitions, inspiring to see people who radiate so much strength and beauty be their best selves, and heartbreaking to know that society still has a long way to go in terms of being a lovely place for everyone.