16.04. ‐ 21.04.2024
Kokomo City

Kokomo City

D. Smith

Self-love overcomes all odds: four Black trans* sex workers invite director D.Smith into their world through openhearted accounts of their life. The focus lies on the daily discrimination that the four of them face in a racist, patriarchal, and transphobic society that also shapes their experiences with the local Black community. Filmed in black and white and sporting a powerful soundtrack and music-video aesthetic, Kokomo City is an eye-opening experience.

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Direction D. Smith
Country USA
Year 2023
Duration 75 min
Language English with English subtitles
Production D. Smith, Harris Doran, Bill Butler
Cast Daniella Carter, Koko Da Doll, Liyah Mitchell, Dominique Silver
Camera D. Smith
Script D. Smith
Editing D. Smith
Sound Ric Schnupp


Berlinale 2023: Panorama Audience Award, Sundance 2023

About the Director

The two-time Grammy nominated producer, singer, and songwriter makes her first directorial debut with the documentary Kokomo City. Early in her career in the music industry, she has worked alongside musicians like Lil Wayne, Katy Perry, and Billy Porter, as well as producers like Timbaland and Mark Ronson. In 2014, she began transitioning to womanhood. Following this, she scarcely received any opportunities as a musician and began working on Kokomo City - a project that spans a total of three years.The film will premiere at Sundance in 2023. (73. Berlinale)

Press Reviews

‘’With a strong debut film, Director D.Smith showcases her ability to instantly captivate the audience. From the rhythmically edited black-and-white images to the cleverly used soundtrack, it is easy to tell that D. Smith is also a musician herself." (Sara Piazza, taz)



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