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The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson (2017)

TV-MA | | Documentary | 6 October 2017 (USA)
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Victoria Cruz investigates the mysterious 1992 death of black gay rights activist and Stonewall veteran, Marsha P. Johnson. Using archival interviews with Johnson, and new interviews with Johnson's family, friends and fellow activists.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kurt Wolfe Kurt Wolfe ... Himself
Sue Yacka Sue Yacka ... Herself
Catherine Shugrue Dos Santos Catherine Shugrue Dos Santos ... Herself
Victoria Cruz ... Herself - Crime-Victim Advocate
Marcus Maier Marcus Maier ... Himself (archive footage)
Taylor Mead ... Himself (archive footage)
Marsha P. Johnson ... Herself (archive footage)
Jean Michaels Jean Michaels ... Herself - Marsha's Sister
Robert Michaels Robert Michaels ... Himself - Marsha's Brother
Jimmy Camicia Jimmy Camicia ... Himself - Marsha's Friend (archive footage)
Randolfe Wicker Randolfe Wicker ... Himself - Marsha's Roommate (as Randy Wicker)
Joe Cooper Joe Cooper ... Himself
James McShane James McShane ... Himself (as Capt. James McShane)
Sylvia Rivera Sylvia Rivera ... Herself - Marsha's Friend (archive footage)
Karla Jay ... Herself - LGBT Movement Co-Founder
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When Stonewall Veteran and beloved Greenwich Village personality Marsha P Johnson turned up dead shortly after Gay Pride in 1992, it was the latest in a series of murders, gay bashings, and "mysterious" deaths in the local gay community. Johnson is seen in footage at a political march shortly before this, at an action trying to draw attention to these hate crimes. Tragically, Johnson then becomes the next victim. Like the other suspicious deaths, Johnson's death is quickly dismissed as a "suicide", even though there is no evidence that Johnson was suicidal, and significant evidence that Johnson was harassed and stalked on that very night. Demonstrations are held to protest the lack of police investigation, but it is not until decades later that transgender crime advocate Victoria Cruz succeeds in getting some answers. Even after decades, many contemporaries of Johnson are still afraid to discuss on the record what happened to Johnson, the murders that took place in the Village in that...

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A Life That Launched a Revolution. A Death That Remains a Mystery.

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Country:

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6 October 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Marsha P. Johnson halála és élete See more »

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Marsha P. Johnson: Really, everybody goes sooner or later. Tomorrow's not promised to anyone. I learned that in church when I was five years old. And I've never forgotten it. So, uh, every day counts.
[chuckles]
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Love Don't Need a Reason
Performed by New York City Gay Men's Chorus (as The NYC Gay Men's Chorus)
Composed by Peter Allen (as Peter Woolnough Allen) (BM), Michael Callen (as Michael L. Callen) (BMI), and Marsha Malamet (ASCAP)
Published by Tops and Bottoms Music (BMI), Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. (BMI), Malamution Music (BMI)
Courtesy of Richard Dworkin
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Lost focus a bit
23 December 2018 | by Fixer-13257See all my reviews

Transgendered people are some of the strongest willed people of all. To live your conviction, be brave enough to face the world in a body that you do not want is beyond warrior status.

What I didn't like about this documentary was how poorly executed it was. I felt it was scattered, undirected, slightly lazy and definitely lost its way 2/3rd's of the way in.

The film omits so much of Marsha's life that it's hardly even about her, the same goes for Sylvia - and even Victoria. A documentary is supposed to tell the story of the lives of people, but it omits so much of them that you wonder what was the point?

There was so much more to explore within the history of the trans movement, and so much more to explore in the realm of what trans people deal with, and how Marsha came to be.

I don't think it did Marsha or Sylvia justice, but I applaud the powerful Victoria for her efforts and this documentary for hopefully at least starting the conversation.


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