Kokomo City

Daniella, Dominique, Liyah, and Koko are four black trans sex workers. This documentary prompts reflection on their connection to the black community, their femininity, the challenges they face in their work, and their daily struggles as individuals existing outside of the system.


In her debut film, D. Smith takes charge of the screenplay and the stunning black-and-white cinematography. She seamlessly weaves transcendental moments with entertaining anecdotes, allowing her protagonists to share their stories. Filming with respect, D. Smith employs an observant lens that grants us a glimpse into their intimacy, captivating us with their naturalness and their bodies. This documentary won the Panorama Audience Award at the latest edition of the Berlin International Film Festival.


Year: 2023
Runtime: 73′
Country: USA
Direction: D. Smith
Cinematography: D. Smith
Genre: Documentary
Contact: Filmin

Wins & nominations

2023: Berlin Film Festial – Audience Award (Panorama)
2023: Sundance Film Festival – Audience Award and Innovation Award (Next)
2023: Festival Film Festival – Audience Award and Jury Award(Next)
2023: SXSW Film Festival