Marsha P. Johnson is best known for being a leader in the Stonewall uprising and first person to fight back against police raids. In the 1970s, Johnson co- founded Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries (STAR) with Sylvia Rivera, and in the 1980s she became a respected organizer with the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP). Johnson was found floating in the Hudson River in 1992. The NYPD deemed her death a suicide and her case was quickly closed. Years later, Victoria Cruz re-examines Johnson’s case. Cruz, who is a domestic abuse counselor and trans activist herself, is deeply familiar with the violence trans women of colour face. “They’re yelling out from their graves for justice,” Cruz says.
Made by Academy Award nominated director David Frances (How to Survive a Plague), and featuring rare archival footage and interviews with Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson honours the legacy of her tremendous life while asking hard questions about the circumstances of her death.
The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson | David France | USA | 2017 | 105 min
Screening Sponsors: Hospital Employees Union, The Cultch