Kokomo City


The Main 3 Fri, Apr 14, 2023 9:45 PM
The Main 3 Wed, Apr 19, 2023 9:55 PM
Film Info
Festival Programs:New American Visions
Women & Film
LGBTQ+ Currents
Release Year:2023
Runtime:73 min
Print Source:Magnolia Pictures
Women Directors
Social Justice
Culture & Society
Black Perspectives
Human Rights
Director:D. Smith
Executive Producer:Stacy Barthe
William Melillo
Rishi Rajani
Lena Waithe
Producer:D. Smith
Bill Butler
Harris Doran
Cinematographer:D. Smith
Editor:D. Smith


This astonishing black-and-white documentary tells the incredible stories of four Black transgender sex workers in New York and Georgia. Two-time Grammy nominee D. Smith’s stunning directorial debut took Sundance by storm.

Daniella Carter, Dominique Silver, Koko Da Doll and Liyah Mitchell are the four sex workers, and perhaps four of the most fascinating characters you will ever meet. With their wonderful storytelling skills and D. Smith’s reenactments (not to mention a brilliant soundtrack), these four openly reveal the hard reality of being transgender, Black and a sex worker. D. Smith’s DIY documentary–she wrote, produced, edited and shot this movie–is an unabashed look at four beautiful people, honest, raw, and ultimately, hopeful. “??A raucous compilation of charismatic storytellers gathered in the most lively way possible.” –Nick Allen, RogerEbert.com

Director Biography

D. Smith is a two-time Grammy-nominated songwriter-producer who produced and is featured on Lil Wayne’s "Shoot Me Down" and was the first trans woman on a primetime unscripted TV show. Her debut documentary feature Kokomo City (2023), won awards at both the Sundance and Berlin Film Festivals.