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