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Director: Elegance Bratton
96m | 2019 | USA | Documentary
about this film
Reminiscent of Jennie Livingstone’s NYC classic Paris is Burning, Elegance Bratton’s beautiful documentary Pier Kids is nevertheless entirely her own.
Filmed between 2011 and 2016, it follows Casper, Desean, and Krystal, three homeless queer black youth as they navigate the streets of Manhattan’s Chelsea Piers, welfare, and their biological families in order to find stable housing. Along the way, Bratton brings light to an underground community and what it means to be black and queer in America, 50 years after Stonewall and against a backdrop of police brutality, gentrification and financial precarity.
A cinema verité documentary inspired by Marlon Riggs’s Black is Black Ain’t, the Maysles brothers’ Gray Gardens and Field Niggas by Khalik Allah, Bratton’s captivating, startlingly frank and tremendously moving film portrays people cultivating a sense of family as they come under attack from all sides.
“Unforgettable […] a radically empathetic chronicle of queer Black youth” ★★★★ The Guardian
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