The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson [click for statement]
Sun Nov 19, 13:00
Film, Rio Dalston, £8.5 / £7 con
dir. David France / USA 2017 / 105'
Set against a backdrop of current day violence and injustice faced by trans women of colour worldwide and in the USA, this documentary-cum-whodunit follows one woman’s determined attempt to establish the truth behind the death of the trans icon and Gay rights activist Marsha P Johnson. This many layered documentary follows Victoria Cruz’s investigation, and is woven together with fascinating archive footage and interviews from elders and activists from that period, including fellow revolutionary Sylvia Rivera.
Oscar-nominated director David France (How to Survive a Plague) and notable other contributors have produced a lovingly made tribute to those elders who paved the way and heralded the Global Pride movement that we enjoy today, and a vital historic document on the political legacy of one of the biggest queer heroes.
A Statement from Fringe!:
We have become aware of the recent social media debate surrounding the film The Death and Life of Marsha P Johnson, and the powerful reaction from our community. The discussion taking place online highlights important issues around stories featuring and representing the lives of QTPOC and we appreciate the work done by all of those eager to uncover the history of our idols.
Fringe! will be screening The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson in the festival this year as planned. We feel this is an important documentary telling the vital story of activists and trans women of colour Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, as well as of Anti-Violence Project worker Victoria Cruz, in their own words through interviews. We feel it deserves to be seen by London audiences who we invite to come together and discuss this work, as well as how to support the work of others whose voices are less amplified, in a forum after the screening.
Fringe! will be donating 100% of our profits from this screening to the Happy Birthday, Marsha! completion fund, a film we have been eagerly anticipating. We hope this will also offer a space for people to view and discuss The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson, without feeling like they are financially supporting something they are against.
If you would like to learn more about and support Reina Gossett and Sasha Wortzel's film (currently in post-production) you can do here: www.happybirthdaymarsha.com/donate/ The film fictionalises the hours leading up to the 1969 Stonewall riots, and features Mya Taylor (Tangerine) as Marsha P. Johnson, and Eve Lindley as Johnson’s friend and fellow radical, Sylvia Rivera.