Synopsis: MAJOR! is a documentary film exploring the life and campaigns of Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, a formerly incarcerated Black transgender elder and activist who has been fighting for the rights of trans women of color for over 40 years. Miss Major is a veteran of the Stonewall Rebellion and a survivor of Attica State Prison, a former sex worker, an elder, and a community leader and human rights activist. She is simply "Mama" to many in her community. Miss Major's personal story and activism for transgender civil rights intersects LGBT struggles for justice and equality from the 1960s to today. At the center of her activism is her fierce advocacy for her girls, trans women of color who have survived police brutality and incarceration in men's jails and prisons. MAJOR! is more than just a biographical documentary: It's an investigation into critical issues of how the Prison Industrial Complex represents a wide-spread and systematic civil rights violation, as well as a historical portrait of d
Director(s): Annalise Ophelian
  5 wins.
95 min

gender queer, gender variant,

intersex people to advocate

for their selves

within the criminal

justice system.

Our mail nights are

a couple times a month,

we get people to come over

and help us read the mail

and then answer it

and send them what they need.

Mail night was primarily set up

to just send information

and resources.

We've become a surrogate family

to a lot of people in prison.

You know, they constantly

when they write us

they're like "hi family,

how are things going,

give everybody

in the office a hug."

And no matter what we send them

they always respond back

and say thank you.

Even just one sentence,

hi how are you, means a lot

to the girls that are in there,

that doesn't get anything

from their family.

The work TGI does is

very important because

no body else does it.

The girls in prison,

the boys in prison,

they take a lot of shit.

You know, they take shit

from the corrupt guards,

they take shit from the inmates,

they take shit from every angle

and it's nice to have

somebody in your corner.

And ladies and gentlemen,

it is my esteemed and privileged

honor to introduce Angela Davis.

So, good afternoon everyone.

It is really wonderful

to be here at this gathering,

and when I was asked to

participate I said absolutely.

Because this is one

of the most important

organizations in the country

that addresses issues

of trans women in prison,

largely trans women of color,

but that of course

is the disproportionate

there's a disproportionate

number of trans women

of color behind bars.

But in the process,

shedding light on so many

aspects of the prison system

and the p

that we would otherwise

not be aware of.

We're at the office at TGIJP,

Transgender Gender Variant

and Intersex Justice Project.

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