Directed By: Paul Warner | Runtime: 25 min | Plays In Short Block: Music Videos 2

KAYA: TASTE OF PARADISE is an original movie musical, directed by Paul Warner and produced by Sean Robinson set in 1979 prior to the dawn of the AIDS epidemic. The film sheds light on New York City’s underground disco club scene and the primarily LGBTQ youth of color and allies, many of whom are homeless. The film follows a first generation South African immigrant teenager, Kaya, who is living under the protective wing of her older brother Demarco (featuring Okieriete Onaodowan, of Broadway’s Hamilton and The Great Comet). Kaya and Demarco fled to the United States after their parents were killed in the Soweto Uprising in 1976. Gradually, Kaya, risks the safety of her strict cultural upbringing and new apartment in Harlem to discover a place of her own amidst the nightlife scene in Brooklyn, and ultimately, independence through spiritual rebirth. But all that glitters isn’t gold in this coming of age tale set in the streets and havens of New York City.


October 23, 20184:00 PMTheater 10
October 25, 20182:45 PMTheater 10

* If filmmakers are present, there will be a 15 minute Q&A after the end credit sequence.


Film Type: Short
Main Genre: Drama
Sub Genre: Music
Country of Origin: USA
Language: English
Subtitles: None
Premiere Status: World