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Fabulous

by Noe Kamelamela
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Sunday Oct 13, 2019
'Fabulous'
'Fabulous'  

The documentary "Fabulous" features world-class voguer Lasseindra Ninja as she teaches a workshop in her native country. Lasseindra is truly a glittering personality, and watching her interact with old friends as well as teaching is a wonderful experience.

Lasseindra also slightly lifts the veil back on Xavier and vice versa, as the interplay between both her and his personality is demonstrated and explained briefly. The film also lingers on queer folks who take her workshop, as well as the local scenery to build an overall picture of queer folk in French Guiana. While the lens is most effective when turned towards Lasseindra, each interviewed participant sparkles in their own way.

Primarily resilient and resigned, these men and women have learned to keep their queerness hidden. The homophobia that crushes them recedes as they move, as they learn how to express themselves together through a different art form that asks them to be as extra as possible. If one is doing a dip, dip all the way to the floor. If one twirls, try twirling multiple times. Yet, each of them seems hesitant to explore and play far beyond what they are being taught in the workshop. This is the thing about pushing down personal instincts in the service of self-preservation: It means each of them can visualize being fully embodied, have been thinking about it for what feels like lifetimes, but when asked to do it, they freeze.

Even while pushing each dancer to be their best, Lasseindra firmly imparts the history that she knows, the queer history that each of them will not get from anyone else. The ending dance club scene, where they have made their own dances and outfits to perform for each other, is lovely, but also hopeful. At less than an hour, there is a lot that is glossed over and maybe it doesn't provide a lot of nuance regarding race and class issues - but, for all of that, "Fabulous" is an interesting journey into both Lasseindra's mythos.

Noe Kamelamela is a reader who reads everything and a writer who writes
very little.


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