The Death and Life of Marsha P John­son (2017)

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Avail­able from Satur­day This doc­u­men­tary is an ex­am­i­na­tion of the cir­cum­stances around the death of the leg­endary New York City “street queen” Marsha P John­son, a trans­gen­der and gay rights rev­o­lu­tion­ary whose body was found float­ing in the Hud­son River in 1992.

Ac­tivist Vic­to­ria Cruz works through the case try­ing to solve the mys­tery be­hind the death of the “Rosa Parks of the gay rights move­ment”, the per­son who em­bod­ied the his­toric Stonewall Ri­ots.

At the time, the NYPD recorded her death as a sui­cide, a claim that Marsha’s com­rades have al­ways firmly re­jected.

Struc­tured as a who­dunit, with ac­tivist Vic­to­ria Cruz cast as de­tec­tive and au­di­ence sur­ro­gate, The Death and Life of Marsha P John­son cel­e­brates the last­ing po­lit­i­cal legacy of it’s pro­tag­o­nist, while at the same time it seeks to fi­nally solve the mys­tery of John­son’s un­ex­plained death.

A pow­er­ful piece of work, which ex­plores a sub­cul­ture and a city in an in­ter­est­ing pe­riod.

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