K I D S is an independent teen drama that was released in the summer of 1995 - same year as Pixar's Toy Story and Disney's Pocahontas. It was and still is conceived as a never-been-done-before, overrated and underrated, dangerous and disturbingly honest piece of pulp filmmaking. It was and still is essentially a window into the debauched and bleak Nineties Lower East Side Manhattan in the Pre-Giuliani era. This publication is an attempt at drawing parallels between two compelling cities, Beirut and New York; parallels inspired by the gritty and urban setting, controvertial thematics, eclectic graphics and raw aesthetics of K I D S. It features beautifully photographed and narrated testimonies of a disaffected and hedonistic youth in the pre and post-cellphone era, the pre and post-internet age, a pre and post-civil-war-Beirut, and a pre and post-gentrified New York City.
K I D S features excerpts from the underground paper the New York Review of Sex (and politics) courtesy of Steven Heller, polaroids by Lebanese designer Karl Hitti, and other bits and pieces borrowed from books, online articles and archived material.