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This touching documentary chronicles four different drag performers under the age of 12 as they celebrate their shared interest together for the first time. Having faced enormous scrutiny over their brief drag careers, the young stars must now prepare for the biggest performance of their lives at Montreal Pride.
Megan Wennberg is a writer-director of both documentary and fiction. Her work has screened at festivals around the world and has been broadcast on CBC, The Comedy Network and The Documentary Channel. Megan is a screenwriting alumni of the Canadian Film Centre. Drag Kids is her first feature documentary.
Self-expression has its challenges at any age, but especially so when you are a child and still finding yourself. Stephan, Jason, Bracken and Nemis are four children from different parts of the world who have never met. But they have one thing in common: they are all drag queens, and they are all preparing to perform Lady Gaga’s Born This Way at the Montreal Pride Festival. This is an intimate, heart-warming and buoyant documentary. Its four young subjects beautifully anchor the film with a compelling sense of authenticity. Their respective families all show great support for their children. Yet the film does not shy away from the legitimate worries that these parents live with, such as the cruelty of their children’s peers and the prejudice of adults. As drag seems to have entered the mainstream in recent years, it can still be somewhat misunderstood and too often exclusively tied to sexual orientation. Showing how this art form is purely a means of expression and capturing the strength that it takes to perform it, especially as a child, makes for an insightful, joyful watch. Baptiste Charles.
The Film Collaborative