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  1. Discuss the film's introductory material - Were you provided with background or introductory information to orient you about what you were going to be viewing? If not, did it pose a problem in your understanding of the film?
  2. Music/sound - Was there any music during the film? If so, what kind, and what role did it play? Did it enhance the scene (or scenes) where it was used? Did it distort the film in any way?
  3. Narration - Was there any type of narration describing the scenes? If yes, how did it provide you with information you found useful? If not, how would narration have helped?
  4. Native voice - Did any members of the group being filmed actually speak for themselves (with subtitles if necessary)? Would the film have been improved if you had heard from them? How?
  5. Did the filmmaker discuss his/her theoretical or personal perspectives to help you understand why the film was constructed the way it was?
  6. Conclusion

famous dancing styles called ?Voguing? started being performed publicly. The dancers started performing in more daring places such as mainstream club. The dancers poses like vogue models and perform dancing moves which resembled Egyptian hieroglyphics during Voguing. This crates performances using gestures and body languages without using any words. These dancers had moved out of the balls culture. It involves different New York City communities such as gay, Transgender, Latino and African Americans.Contestants compete in a ball competitions that is elaborately structured. They have to follow a specific category or theme just like fashion modelling. The judges judge them according to their dragging realness, dancing potential and beauty of their clothes. They have card boards that they lift containing the scores of every contestant.

It also alternates in ball's footage's and interviews that includes the prominent members in every scene.We come to learn that these competitor who look real in the expensive clothes during the competitions live marginal lives as thieves in these interviews.They had held these competitions in secret places since they used to steal these costumes. Also, some of them used money from prostitution's activities to buy expensive clothes. Every member who vies for the trophy represents a house. All these houses serves as performance teams, social groups or intentional families. Those who won during the competition severally became legends (Assay, 23).

Jennie Livingston took seven years to come up with this film and had never gone to any film institution. The key figures interviewed during the making of the movies brings ball culture to light. Their monologues depicts their personalities in the ball world. The film has taken words such as house and mother from the subcultures and given them different meaning. For instance, the word house had come from alternate families for young ball walkers. The film also depicts people who have gender identities that differs and various forms of expressing them.During that time people went through racism, poverty, AIDS and homophobia hardships. This films shows how its subjects dealt with these adversities. For instance, some of the parents threw their children out of their homes due to homophobia.

[...] Jennie Livingston took seven years to come up with this film and had never gone to any film institution. The key figures interviewed during the making of the movies bring ball culture to light. Their monologues depict their personalities in the ball world. The film has taken words such as house and mother from the subcultures and given them different meaning. For instance, the word house had come from alternate families for young ball walkers. The film also depicts people who have gender identities that differs and various forms of expressing them. [...]


[...] The film characters spoke in their own native languages. Some of the characters spoke too fast and some did not have subtitles during their dialogue. The film would have been improved by making sure all the dialogues were translated and written as subtitles. The film provided me with enough information to learn about the culture and people in the film. The movie depicts the way of life of the people. They lived like thieves and hustlers trying to raise daily bread for themselves. [...]

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