Watch: The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson 2017 123movies, Full Movie Online – 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..
Plot: Describing herself as a ‘street queen,’ Johnson was a legendary fixture in New York City’s gay ghetto and a tireless voice for LGBT pride since the days of Stonewall, who along with fellow trans icon Sylvia Rivera, founded Street Transvestites Action Revolutionaries (S.T.A.R.), a trans activist group based in the heart of NYC’s Greenwich Village. Her death in 1992 was declared a suicide by the NYPD, but friends never accepted that version of events. Structured as a whodunit, with activist Victoria Cruz cast as detective and audience surrogate, The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson celebrates the lasting political legacy of Johnson, while seeking to finally solve the mystery of her unexplained death.
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Should be required viewing
I was originally going to say that this should be required viewing for young LGBTQ people, in order for them to have a better understanding of our history. But correct that to say that EVERYONE should watch this in order to better understand a segment of our society that has been brutally mistreated since…well, since forever.
I lived in New York and came out (finally, at age 30) the same week that Marsha was murdered, in July 1992. I can’t believe I don’t remember this happening. 🙁
While this film isn’t perfect, it tells an important story and the other people involved (Silvia, Victoria, etc.) are as compelling and worth knowing about as Marsha was. The details of their lives and experiences are compelling.
I’m only sorry I’m discovering all this lo these many years later.
Deserves a better edition though
It’s heartwarming and devastating at the same time. It’s a bit slow and it should be better edited, but it’s an enormous lesson on empathy for us cisgender people with a roof above our heads to learn.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 45 min (105 min)
Genre Documentary, Biography
Director David France
Writer David France, Mark Blane
Actors Kurt Wolfe, Sue Yacka, Catherine Shugrue Dos Santos
Country Greece, United States
Awards 3 wins & 5 nominations
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Aspect Ratio 1.78 : 1
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