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Kokomo City 18 rating

A bold first feature about Black trans sex workers that buzzes with passion, energy and intelligence.

Documentary 2023 73 mins

Director: D. Smith



D. Smith knows what it means to come out as a Black trans woman and lose everything. After a successful career in the music industry ended, she turned to filmmaking and, in the face of considerable odds, shot this punchy debut that looks into the lives of four sex workers. These are graphic, frank discussions of what it means to be a Black trans woman in the sex trade, juxtaposed with uncensored opinions from the cis men who make up their clientele. Kokomo City is a deeply compassionate, at times sobering, and often witty examination of race, capitalism and gender from those living at the sharpest end of society.