It’s 1987, the streets of New York City are pitch-black and still, but inside the packed venue of Paris Dupree’s annual ball, the world couldn’t be more different. Multicoloured lights illuminate a room crammed with dancing figures as synth-heavy 80s music pulsates. The dancers are clad in feathers, sequins, and outrageous make-up. Here, gender is subverted and rewritten.
Al Jazeera producer on making global documentaries from her living room
Like many television journalists under lockdown last April, Al Jazeera’s senior digital producer Ali Rae was frustrated that on-the-ground reporting and filmmaking had paused. There’s little one can produce from the confines of one’s home. Or so you might think.