Centers on self-described “street queen” Marsha P. Johnson, legendary fixture in New York City’s gay ghetto, who along with fellow trans icon Sylvia Rivera, founded Street Transvestites Action Revolutionaries (S.T.A.R.), a trans activist group based in the heart of NYC’s Greenwich Village.
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The Death and Life of Marsha P. JohnsonDirigida porDavid France
A delicate but still infuriating documentary about a transgender murder cold case that unfortunatelly still reflects the reality of the trans community even 25 years after the fact. It was wonderful to know a little bit about Marsha and Sylvia Rivera. Kudos to the almighty Victoria Cruz for keeping fighting on and on.
France's film doesn't really provide much on the 'life' of Marsha Johnson (especially with a near 20 year lull between '73 and '92) but instead is more a film about a cold case of a near forgotten trans pioneer. More interesting is the time spent with trans iconic activist Sylvia Rivera who was also forgotten/betrayed by the LGBT community and almost wound up a footnote living homeless beneath...more...
this documentary stands as a tour de force for taking matters into one's hands, despite, at times, speculation being twisted as fact. marsha deserved better as so did sylvia rivera and all the trans women who have been done wrong. trans lives matter and they must be protected at all costs.