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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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David France
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kurt Wolfe Kurt Wolfe ... Self
Sue Yacka Sue Yacka ... Self
Catherine Shugrue Dos Santos Catherine Shugrue Dos Santos ... Self
Victoria Cruz ... Self - Crime-Victim Advocate
Marcus Maier Marcus Maier ... Self (archive footage)
Taylor Mead ... Self (archive footage)
Marsha P. Johnson ... Self (archive footage)
Jean Michaels Jean Michaels ... Self - Marsha's Sister
Robert Michaels Robert Michaels ... Self - Marsha's Brother
Jimmy Camicia Jimmy Camicia ... Self - Marsha's Friend (archive footage)
Randolfe Wicker Randolfe Wicker ... Self - Marsha's Roommate (as Randy Wicker)
Joe Cooper Joe Cooper ... Self
James McShane James McShane ... Self (as Capt. James McShane)
Sylvia Rivera Sylvia Rivera ... Self - Marsha's Friend (archive footage)
Karla Jay ... Self - 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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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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Performed by Perk Badger
Composed by Perk Badger and Willie James Clarke
Published by Third Side US Publishing o/b/o Henstone Music
Courtesy of Henry Stone Music
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The woman, the story, and a little hope for the future
2 June 2019 | by annikawarrickSee all my reviews

It took me awhile to get around to watching this documentary but when I did, it was incredibly worth it. I re-watch it on occasion, because something about this documentary pulls me in.

The documentary follows Victoria Cruz as she tries to follow the trail of the cold case surrounding the death of well know trans activist Marsha P. Johnson. Beyond this base story, we see much more though. I feel the documentary comunicates several important things. It educates, about her, the woman we love, Marsha, it gives us a glimpse into the history of trans rights and queer activism, it tells us of the issues trans activists and trans people still faces today, but it also, in many senses, the documentary offers a ray of light, hope, maybe, by showing us as a community how far we have come.

In conclusion, one of my number one pride month movies!


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