30th Galway Film Fleadh 10th - 15th July 2018

The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson

Thu 13 July / Town Hall Studio / 12:30 / Older Teens and up
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“Driven by both empathy and a passion for justice […] director David France’s stellar documentary charts an investigation into the still-unsolved death of trans icon Marsha P. Johnson, along the way illuminating the persistent discrimination that exists today, and the bonds of community designed to counter it.”
— Variety

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European Premiere

Who killed Marsha P. Johnson? When the beloved, self-described “street queen” of New York’s Christopher Street was found floating in the Hudson River in 1992, the NYPD called her death a suicide. Protests erupted, but the police remained impassive and refused to investigate. 25 years on, Academy Award®-nominated director and journalist David France (How to Survive a Plague) examines Marsha’s death – and her extraordinary life – in his new film. Now, a quarter of a century later, at a time of unprecedented visibility and escalating violence in the transgender community, a dynamic activist named Victoria Cruz has taken it upon herself to re-examine what happened at the end of Marsha’s Life. The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson follows this champion as she pursues leads, mobilises officials, and works to get to the bottom of Marsha’s death.

Official Selection: Tribeca Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival

Director David France
Cast Marsha P. Johnson, Sylvia Rivera & Victoria Cruz
Script David France & Mark Blane
Producers L.A. Teodosio, Kimberley Reed & David France

Year 2017
Country USA
Duration 105 minutes

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