Morning routines and conversations in bed, gossip and real talk. In encounters and interviews, D. Smith portrays four Black trans* sex workers in New York and Georgia. The protagonists discuss their lives with relish but without any sugar-coating. The conversations that unfold are deep, passionate reflections on social and political realities as well as incisive analyses of belonging and identity within their own communities. A flow of self-empowered dramatisations, performative interventions, and associative collages coalesces in haunting black-and-white images accompanied by an equally so gripping soundtrack. Between stereotyping and care, violence and fetishization, desire and affection, relationships to lovers, to friends and families, communities and contexts are lived out in all their complexity and ambiguity. KOKOMO CITY is a barrage of resistant narratives and heartening struggles that refuse being played off against each other by dominant societies.
Camera, Editing: D. Smith
Production: D. Smith, Harris Doran, Bill Butler
With: Danielle Carter, Dominique Silver, Koko Da Doll, Liyah Mitchell