The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson

Synopsis: This documentary uses never-before-seen footage and rediscovered interviews in a search for the truth behind the mysterious 1992 death of black transgender activist and Stonewall veteran Marsha P. Johnson.
Genre: Documentary
Director(s): David France
Production: Netflix
  4 wins & 4 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
105 min

This is one of the people

that has the courage.

And bravo for him. Her.

Or whatever he wants to be.

And not only that, he doesn't give a shit

whether he wears men's clothes

or women's clothes.

-Right? He's totally free.

-Right. That's right.

If he feels like going out as a man,

he goes out as a man.

-He feels like a woman, he's a woman.

-How do you know all this?

If he feels like wearing roller skates,

he wears roller skates. Whatever.

I know Marsha Johnson.

-Marsha Johnson is our queen forever.

-[both laughing]


[operator] You have reached

the Office of Chief Medical Examiner

for the City of New York.

My name is Victoria Cruz

and I'm inquiring about a Malcolm Michaels

who was found dead in 1992.

There was an autopsy.

How would I be able to get

this particular information?

[woman] Are you calling

from the media or--

I'm calling from the Anti-Violence Project

here in New York City.

I can give you the cause of death

and the manner of death.

You would not be entitled

to a full autopsy report.

If you're looking for all that paperwork,

then the family needs to request it

in a written letter,

and you can get the record that way.

[Victoria] 907.

"The Michaels family."

[knocks on door]

[Jean Michaels] How are you?

-[Victoria] Pleased to meet you.

-Pleased to meet you, too.

Here, I'll take this one

'cause it's much easier to get up from.


-[Jean] Okay, go ahead.


What do you know about the case?

I really don't know anything.

All we know is that

they found him in the river.

We really don't know anything about that.

[Victoria] That's what

we're investigating,

'cause we have eyewitnesses

that report seeing him... her...

What do you prefer me...

for me to call Marsha?

-It doesn't matter. Okay.

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David France

David Harry France, (born 30 June 1948) is an author, football historian and philanthropist. Throughout the past two decades, he has been the driving force behind numerous initiatives related to Everton Football Club including Gwladys Street's Hall of Fame, the Everton Former Players' Foundation, the EFC Heritage Society, the Founding Fathers of Merseyside Football and the David France Collection (now known as the Everton Collection). In January 2011, Liverpool's Freedom of the City panel rewarded David France with the prestigious title of Citizen of Honour.France was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2012 New Year Honours for services to football in the United Kingdom and Europe. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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