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Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson (The)

USA, English, 105 mins

  • Director: David France
  • Writer: David France; Mark Blane
  • Producer: Mark Blane; David France

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The(ir) Blurb...

Academy Award® nominated director David France’s (How to Survive a Plague) new documentary centers on self-described “street queen” Marsha P. Johnson, a black transgender sex worker, who along with fellow trans icon Sylvia Rivera, founded Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries (S.T.A.R.), a gay, trans, and gender-nonconforming activist group based in the heart of NYC’s Greenwich Village. Mysteriously, she was found floating in the Hudson River in 1992, shortly after a legendary Pride March that drew friends and enemies alike. At the time, the NYPD pegged her death as a suicide, a claim that Marsha’s friends have always firmly rejected. Structured as a whodunit, with transgender activist Victoria Cruz cast as detective and audience surrogate, The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson celebrates the lasting political legacy of Marsha P. Johnson while seeking to finally solve the mystery of her unexplained death.

—Loren Hammonds

Cast & Characters

Victoria Cruz as Herself;
Marsha P. Johnson as Herself;
Sylvia Rivera as Herself;
Taylor Mead as Himself;
Michael Baden as Himself;
Agosto Machado as Himself;
Vito Russo as Himself;
Kitty Rotolo as Herself;
Mark Segal as Himself;
Chelsea Goodwin as Herself;
Matt Foreman as Himself;
Karla Jay as Herself;
Randolfe Wicker as Himself;
Pat Bumgardner as Herself;
Coco Rodriguez as Herself

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