Filmed between 1987 and 1989, Paris Is Burning chronicles the journey of gay men of color that dwell in the subculture that created vogue-ing and balls, competitions in which some of New York City's gay men of color fulfill their fantasies of fame, wealth, and everything else denied them. They do this by walking down a runway and “being” someone else, whether it be a powerful executive or Parisian fashion model.
There is an underlying somber tone to the film's take on the American dream and those who strive for it, sometimes never reaching it. However, the spirit of the people in the documentary is that of resilience, even in the face of unfortunate and sometimes traumatic events.
The film is filled with humor- often intended, many times unintentional.
Go and check out this film and let Willie Ninja and Dorian Corey take you on their fantastic voyage.
Peep the video below of Dorian Corey describing the concepts of "shade" and "reading". Hilarious