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‘Kokomo City’ Sees Its Subjects for Who They Are

‘Kokomo City’ Sees Its Subjects for Who They Are

Kokomo City, a new documentary about Black trans sex workers by the filmmaker D. Smith, begins with a story that could’ve been a Pulp Fiction vignette. One of the film’s main subjects, a woman named Liyah who lives in Georgia, describes a standard encounter that takes a sharp turn when she spots her would-be client’s pistol. “The way that I saw it was, it’s either his life or mine,” Liyah says, before recounting the ensuing skirmish: She grabbed the gun and attempted to shoot the man. When the gun failed to go off, he tried to wrestle it away from her, and the pair tumbled down a flight of stairs. The man raced off afterward, the kind of exit that would normally signal the end of a harrowing ordeal. But that’s not how this saga concluded, she explains, coyly raking her acrylic nails through the end of her long ponytail as she describes the text exchange that followed—and the carnal do-over it prompted. Shot entirely in high-contrast monochrome, Kokomo City brings an artful eye and …