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The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson

Nov 20, 2017 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM


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Film Screening: The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson Dir. David France Monday November 20, 6:30pm Mediatheque

For the Transgender Day of Remembrance the Critical Studies MA Program will be hosting a Film Screening of The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson Dir. David France. This lecture is part of the Critical Studies MA Program lecture series, which seeks out diverse writers and thinkers to involve the community in critically engaging topics. Co-presented by SMYRC, Basic Rights Oregon, and STROLL

Academy Award nominated director David France’s (How to Survive a Plague) new documentary centers on self-described “street queen” Marsha P. Johnson, legendary fixture in New York City’s gay ghetto, 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. Mysteriously, Marsha was found floating in the Hudson River in 1992. At the time, the NYPD pegged her death as a suicide, a claim that Marsha’s comrades have always firmly rejected. 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 Marsha P. Johnson, while seeking to finally solve the mystery of her unexplained death.

Before the screening there will be information about resources available from local organizations in the Atrium


511 Building - Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design
Shipley/Collins Mediatheque
511 NW Broadway
Portland, Oregon, 97209   [map]



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