December 15, 2016 at 3:30 pm EST | by Mariah Cooper
‘Paris is Burning’ added to National Film Registry
Paris is Burning, gay news, Washington Blade

‘Paris is Burning’ depicts gay ball culture in New York in the late ‘80s. (Photo courtesy Reel Affirmations)

“Paris is Burning” has been added to the National Film Registry for 2016 by the Library of Congress, according to the Washington Post. 

The documentary has become a staple in LGBT film history for chronicling the New York City ballroom culture of the 1980s in the black and latinx LGBT communities.

As part of the National Film Preservation Act, 25 films are selected annually that are considered “culturally, historically or aesthetically” important. This year’s group of inductees were selected by the Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden, members of the National Film Preservation Board and members of the Library of Congress. Films must be at least 10 years old for consideration.

Other films in the 2016 class include “The Breakfast Club,” “Rushmore,” “The Lion King,” “Thelma and Louise” “The Princess Bride” and “Funny Girl.”

There are now 700 films that hold the honor.

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