Alaska Is a Drag
Shaz Bennett, U.S., 2017, 88 min.
Both a literal and figurative fish-out-of-water story, “Alaska Is a Drag” — which debuted at Frameline — focuses on aspiring drag superstar Leo (Martin L. Washington Jr.), tough but diva fabulous, who is stuck working in a fish cannery in Alaska. Along with his twin sister (Maya Washington), Leo is trapped in a monotonous life of fish guts and fist fights. Out of necessity, Leo has learned to fight back, and his pugilistic skills eventually catch the attention of the local boxing coach. But when a new boy moves to town and wants to be his sparring partner, Leo must face the real reason he’s still in Alaska. The supporting cast includes Margaret Cho, Jason Scott Lee, and Nia Peeples.
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