Sundance NEXT award-winning KOKOMO CITY, a powerful and moving docfilm from D. Smith chronicling four Black trans women sex workers — in theatres August 4
By Oliver Carnay
For some, this film may be a very touchy subject, but transgender filmmaker D. Smith picked fascinating and important issues I have never seen in years in the LGBTIA+ community. It’s raw, rough, and bluntly related for the audience to grasp.
KOKOMO CITY is a powerful and moving film that raises important questions and encourages viewers to think more deeply about the complexities of the trans experience. Smith’s gutsy documentary Kokomo City, which chronicles the experiences of four Black trans women sex workers living in New York and Atlanta.
This is the feature directorial debut of two-time Grammy nominated producer, singer and songwriter D. Smith. She made history as the first trans woman cast on a primetime unscripted TV show, also filmed and edited this wildly entertaining and refreshingly unfiltered documentary that interviews four Black transgender sex workers in Atlanta and New York City, featuring Daniella Carter, Koko Da Doll, Liyah Mitchell and Dominique Silver, as they hold nothing back while breaking down the walls of their profession.
Executive produced by Lena Waithe, the film won the Sundance Film Festival’s NEXT Innovator Award and NEXT Audience Award, as well as the Berlinale’s Audience Award in the Panorama Documentary section.
The film played at Outfest and served as its Documentary Centerpiece. It is being released through Magnolia and will be in theatres August 4, 2023, with R-rating (Strong Sexual Content, Drug Use, Language Throughout, Graphic Nudity).