The Gist: A documentary about the New York City's drag scene of the 80's, its balls, the birth of voguing, and the reality and dreams of those who lived it all.
Directed by Jennie Livingston, Paris Is Burning is a well put together investigation of what life was like for these gay men in that particular moment in time.
Coming from a different country, it amazes me to see the similarities in the attitudes, hopes, and fears that gay men likely experience everywhere in the world, no matter how free and open the society you live in.
The Bottom Line: This should be required viewing for any gay man. It's important to have an understanding of how people like you who live in different situations think. And it's important to have a historical record of what gay life in these tumultuous years was really like.