One of the most important figures in the trans-rights movement, Marsha P. Johnson’s story is one that has yet to be told, cinematically. Fortunately, documentary filmmaker David France (whose Academy Award-nominated How to Survive a Plague is another indispensable chronicle) has crafted The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson, which looks to be in lineage with Robert Epstein’s The Times of Harvey Milk.
France’s film uses Johnson’s ’92 death – when her body was found floating in the Hudson River and the NYPD initially ruled the cause a suicide – as a jumping off point to examine the challenges that still face the trans community. Simultaneously, France follows victim advocate Victoria Cruz’s efforts to ascertain just what exactly happened to the civil rights legend.
Check out the trailer here:
That looks to be incredibly powerful and moving. Netflix will release The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson October 6, and BMD will surely have a review for you then.