Dir. D. Smith
2023, USA, 73 min
Directed by two-time Grammy nominee D. Smith, Kokomo City takes up a seemingly simple mantle — to present the stories of four Black transgender sex workers in New York and Georgia. Shot in striking black and white, the boldness of the facts of these women’s lives and the earthquaking frankness they share complicate this enterprise, colliding the everyday with cutting social commentary and the excavation of long-dormant truths. Accessible for any audience, unfiltered, unabashed, and unapologetic, Smith and her subjects smash the trendy standard for authenticity, offering a refreshing rawness and vulnerability unconcerned with purity and politeness.
“I hope we see more films from D. Smith soon because this is an assured and confident debut.” – Drew Gregory, Autostraddle
“In a swift 70 minutes, first-time director D. Smith dissects the stigma of sex work, racism, transphobia, homophobia, and more through a gorgeously shot and edited patchwork of intimate testimonials imbued with loving empathy.” – Rafa Sales Ross, Letterboxd