Films 2023

Kokomo City

73 min.
Year of Production:
Daniella Carter
Koko Da Doll
Liyah Mitchell
Dominique Silver
Production Company:
Couch Potatoe Pictures
Berlinale Section:
Berlinale Category:
Documentary Film

Morning routines and conversations in bed, gossip and real talk. In encounters and interviews, D. Smith portrays four Black trans sexworkers in New York and Georgia. The protagonists discuss their lives with relish but without any sugar-coating. The conversations that emerge are deep and passionate reflections on socio-political and social realities as well as perceptive analyses of belonging and identity within the Black community and beyond. Dramatisations and reconstructions, performative interventions and associative collagesof biographical set pieces are brought together organically in haunting black-and-white images accompanied by a carefully deployed soundtrack. Dreams and memories, battles fought and crises overcome are openly addressed without skirting topics such as precarity and violence. The protagonists also tell us about their lovers, friends and families, and how these relationships are marked by taboos and fetishisation, but also by their own desires. This vibrant portrait gives them space for their uninhibited and defiant narratives and undermines white, cis-heteronormative assumptions and stigmatisations.

FILMOGRAFIE D. Smith (selection)

 Kokomo City 

Interview with D. Smith, director "KOKOMO CITY"

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