D. Smith / United States / 2023 / 73 min
One of the sensations at this year’s Sundance Film Festival was this candid, taboo-breaking in-your-face depiction of life as a black, transgender sex worker in New York and Atlanta.
There are stories of threatening a customer with his own gun, and of shaving in secret in the bathroom. But there are also stories of fearing for your life in a world that considers your life worth less than everyone else’s. Four black, transgender sex workers speak candidly about their experiences in New York and Atlanta’s underworld in the award-winning and taboo-busting ‘Kokomo City’. A poignant, humorous and unfiltered portrayal of life on the fringes of society, where norms are less rigid. Beautifully shot in black and white and in an innovative, performative vérité format by acclaimed music producer D. Smith, this is a rare film directed with attitude and political edge.