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NoVES Saturday at the Movies

  • Saturday, June 19, 2021
  • 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
  • A Virtual Screening and Discussion

NoVES Saturday at the Movies

Saturday, June 19 at 7:00 PM

The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson

(2017) [Documentary]

When: Saturday, June 19th, 2021 7:00 – 9:30 PM, EDT

I was looking for something representing both LGBT Pride Month and Juneteenth.  I found this documentary meets these criteria.  It is a good history lesson on the origins of the Gay Liberation Movement and the struggle of black trans women.

The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson [Documentary]


The next NoVES Movie Series Discussion event will be held this Saturday. 

This is a movie showing via Zoom followed by a discussion.  It will start

by broadcasting the movie so that we may watch it together. The documentary

itself is 1 hour 45 minutes.


This movie is available on NETFLIX.  If you have already seen the movie, you may join the Zoom Meeting a little before 9:00 PM to participate in the discussion.

IMDB includes this summary of the movie:

When Stonewall Veteran and beloved Greenwich Village personality Marsha P Johnson turned up dead shortly after Gay Pride in 1992, it was the latest in a series of murders, gay bashings, and "mysterious" deaths in the local gay community. Johnson is seen in footage at a political march shortly before this, at an action trying to draw attention to these hate crimes. Tragically, Johnson then becomes the next victim. Like the other suspicious deaths, Johnson's death is quickly dismissed as a "suicide", even though there is no evidence that Johnson was suicidal, and significant evidence that Johnson was harassed and stalked on that very night. Demonstrations are held to protest the lack of police investigation, but it is not until decades later that transgender crime advocate Victoria Cruz succeeds in getting some answers. Even after decades, many contemporaries of Johnson are still afraid to discuss on the record what happened to Johnson, the murders that took place in the Village in that era, the danger that follows many of the most marginalized in the community, and the threats that some still fear. Like the previous documentary on Marsha P Johnson, Pay it No Mind, this film relies on archival footage of the dead, letting the subjects speak for themselves. Footage of Johnson at political actions is included, though some might not notice Johnson at first at some of these actions and memorials, dressed down in jeans and a t-shirt, or jeans and a flannel shirt, with no wig. Stonewall veterans, AIDS activists, and early gender nonconforming and transgender activists are shown at these demonstrations, as well. The Gay Liberation Rally, where Sylvia Rivera gives the fiery "You Listen Up!" speech is also featured, along with with other interviews with Rivera and AIDS memorials with ACT UP and Gay Men's Health Crisis.

The Zoom link for the movie showing is included below along with more details about this film.  I look forward to showing this movie and the discussion.



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