Major!

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
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IMDB:
7.6
Year:
2015
95 min
6 Views

What do we want?

Justice!

When do we want it?

Now!

What do we want?

Justice!

When do we want it?

Now!

What do we want?

Justice!

I think she's so many people's

only safety net.

There's been times where

I went hungry and she

brought over food for me,

you know, she would go

to the store and buy food.

And I could call Miss Major

and she always picked up

the phone when I called,

no matter what time it is.

We get to call her things

like sage, right?

Wise.

Even though she's cussing

folks out and spitting tacks.

I know mama

she's a dirty little vixen.

She really is.

She plays innocent

but she's not.

Not by the least.

She's a phenomenal woman.

When she was in her 30s

and her in 20s

she was advocating

for transgender rights.

And to this day

she still does that.

Major's told me she really

doesn't care whether

you call her he, or she.

She's a mother, she's a father,

she's a grandmother,

a grandfather.

She's a little bit of everything

and she's really doesn't care.

Her methods and her legacy

is frightening

to the powers that be.

She is our leader!

She is showing us

how to do this work,

so thank you so much Miss Major.

I don't know why

I'm still here.

I guess I still have stuff

to complain about,

bitch about, and try to change

as much as humanly possible.

And wake people up

to who my community is.

We have to look out

for one another

because we're all we've got.

The rest of the world

really doesn't give a shit

whether we live or die.

And the thing is,

when the dust settles,

I want a whole bunch

of transgender girls

to stand up and say

I'm still fucking here.

I met Angela Davis years ago,

so I'm excited to talk

with her again on

an even more personal level

since this is for the TGIJP.

So I think it's going

to be really exciting.

This brunch, I'm so nervous.

But I can't afford

to be nervous

or they're drive me

really crazy.

These Mama.

So I have to... uh, no.

But that one is really pretty.

Those make too much noise.

No.

These are my girls,

they work with me,

they're my daughters.

They're Janetta and Melenie.

So it's been good.

They got here a little bit

earlier than I was expecting,

so we've been running around,

puttering ever since then.

Hand me the pill thing

up on the top shelf.

Oh god these damn pills.

These are for my heart

and my kidney because

I'm a transplant person.

I got a new kidney in '08

from a dear friend of mine

from Los Angeles, Thom.

And so now

I'm on these forever.

But that's okay,

as long as we have you forever.

She had one of those

Batman Cadillacs with

the fly wings in the back,

and we all went out to eat

and she takes off on Howard

and 6th Street

like a bat out of hell.

And we're just flying down

the street, and I'm like

oh my God, so Shania said

"Hold on girl!

Mammy be driving!"

I think a lot of people have

a lot to say about

how Major drives.

My current take on it is

I try to close my eyes

as much as possible...

although she has slowed down

a little bit some.

But prayer is really

what I've found is

the most successful thing

in dealing with her driving.

Hey Beck!

Hi Mama's driving right now.

OK, are you on your way

there too?

OK we'll see you soon.

OK, love you sweetie.

No driving and talking

on your phone!

Hi everybody,

I'm Melenie Eleneke, I'm one

of the Program Coordinators

at TGI Justice.

And my name is Janetta Johnson,

I'm one of the Program

Coordinators at TGI Justice.

And I'm going to talk

a little bit about

what we do at TGI Justice.

We do political education,

we empower transgender people,

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