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The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson is an American documentary film directed by David France and starring Marsha P. Johnson. It had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2017, then it was released on Netflix on October 6, 2017. This film documents the life of Marsha P. Johnson, a prominent activist in the late 1960s through the early 1990s, and follows the re-opened investigation into Johnson's suspicious death.


"As she fights the tide of violence against trans women, activist Victoria Cruz probes the suspicious 1992 death of her friend Marsha P. Johnson."
—Official Netflix synopsis


  • Marsha P. Johnson (archive footage)
  • Kurt Wolfe
  • Sue Yacka
  • Catherine Shugrue Dos Santos
  • Victoria Cruz - Crime-Victim Advocate
  • Marcus Maier (archive footage)
  • Taylor Mead (archive footage)
  • Jean Michaels - Marsha's sister
  • Robert Michaels - Marsha's brother
  • Jimmy Camicia - Marsha's friend (archive footage)
  • Randolfe Wicker - Marsha's roommate
  • Joe Cooper
  • James McShane
  • Sylvia Rivera - Marsha's friend (archive footage)
  • Karla Jay - LGBT movement co-founder


This documentary has received three wins and five nominations.



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