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The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson

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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.
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May 05, 2017

It masterfully weaves together past and present, not only telling the story we've come to see, but the larger one besides.
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Guardian
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October 05, 2017

It's a bittersweet film: for every strong figure willing to put their life on the line for a bigger cause, there's another who's been beaten or murdered as a direct result for displaying such braveness.
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New York Magazine/Vulture
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October 05, 2017

If Marsha P. fades from the film (there is not enough great footage of her, I guess, although enough to suggest she could be irresistible), the sense of vulnerability she projects permeates the rest of the movie.
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Reel Talk Online
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May 03, 2017

[It's] is a celebration of a leader whose importance is finally being recognized through a wider lens. But it's also a rallying cry, a call for all of us to acknowledge, appreciate, and amplify the message of LGBT equality and liberation.
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New York Times
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October 05, 2017

Though this film doesn't give definitive answers on what happened to Ms. Johnson, it keeps her memory alive. That itself is a victory over indifference.
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The Playlist
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October 05, 2017

At his best, David France mimics Werner Herzog, with one sequence in particular, a private viewing of Johnson's autopsy photos, echoing "Grizzly Man."
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TheWrap
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October 05, 2017

Works powerfully as a rallying cry for tolerance, love and understanding.
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NOW Toronto
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October 04, 2017

... a disjointed but essential documentary about two transgender drag queens who were instrumental in the Stonewall Riots of 1969.
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AV Club
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October 03, 2017

Even if The Death And Life Of Marsha P. Johnson doesn't wholly deliver on its premise, France does a remarkable job of finding the continuity between New York in the '70s, '90s, and now.
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Slant Magazine
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October 01, 2017

It passionately covers a number of important issues without quite unifying them into a coherent whole.
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Los Angeles Times
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October 05, 2017

Along the way, a sobering history of the gay rights movement is rendered through the lens of long-suffering transgender activists.
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Seattle Times
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June 20, 2017

At times the narrative feels scattered, but this is heartbreaking, powerful and pressing, and an urgent must-see.
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