Queerly Beloved:
Paris is Burning

Jennie Livingston

Jennie Livingston







71 mins

Queerly Beloved: Paris is Burning

When Jennie Livingston’s landmark documentary about the Harlem ball scene was eventually released in 1991, it lent visibility to an influential and symbolic subculture of competitive voguing. The Balls provided an essential, safe and uniting space where Black and LatinX gay and trans communities came together to both escape and artistically confront the inequities of their everyday lives. A time capsule of resistance and celebration, set against the backdrop of a broken American dream, Paris is Burning was recently restored and remains essential viewing.


Queerly Beloved is presented in partnership with Paradise.

    • Grand Jury Prize Winner   Sundance Film Festival
    • Nearly 30 years on, Paris still burns bright.” – POV Magazine
    • “An ultimately hopeful study of the search for personal wholeness.” – Slant Magazine

Sun Mar 8, 7:00 pm

1006 Bloor Street West
Toronto, Ontario

Curatorial Partners

Government Funder

Inside Out, Canada’s largest LGBTQ film festival and the single largest promoter and distributor of LGBTQ content in Canada, along with the newly restored historic Toronto cinema Paradise Theatre, are proud to announce a partnership on a new film series entitled ‘Queerly Beloved’, ahead of Inside Out’s upcoming 30th anniversary festival taking place May 21-31. The cinema series, running during March 2020, will showcase eighteen (18) independent and influential queer films at Paradise Theatre, all of which have played an important role in shaping the history and narrative of queer cinema, and challenge norms of gender, sexuality, and desire through storytelling.