A screenshot from Kiki. Photo: Marcus Ohlsson
A screenshot from Kiki. Photo: Marcus Ohlsson

Swedish voguing doc wins prestigious prize

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Swedish documentary Kiki has received the Teddy Best Doc Award - the "queer Oscar" - at the Berlin Film Festival.

Kiki, by Sara Jordenö and Twiggy Pucci Garçon, depicts the voguing ballroom scene, a subculture and dance style that emerged within New York City's LGBTQ movement. Jordenö is the Swedish filmmaker who directed Kiki, and Twiggy is one of the film's subjects.

The Teddy is the most prestigious prize for queer films and has been awarded since 1987. Jordenö calls it the "queer Oscar" and says she and her co-writer were "overwhelmed and thrilled" when Kiki won in Berlin.

Speaking to Radio Sweden, Jordenö describes Kiki as "a coming-of-age film about seven people who are involved in the ballroom scene and specifically the more political Kiki scene of New York City, which is a subculture and support system for LGBTQ youth."

Kiki is also opening the Tempo documentary film festival in Stockholm next month.


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