'The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson'
In 1992, the body of Marsha P. Johnson, gay-rights icon and a Greenwich Village fixture, was found dead in the Hudson River. The police ruled her death a suicide; everyone else, however, considered it a hate crime. Decades later, activist Victoria Cruz began looking into the details around the long-dormant case, trying to get some answers – and closure – regarding this beloved revolutionary's passing. Documentarian David France (How to Survive a Plague) follows Cruz as she doggedly chases down leads and interviews those who fought alongside Johnson at the Stonewall Riots and beyond. In the process, the filmmaker traces not only the life and times of the person many called "the Rosa Parks of the LGBT movement" but reminds you of the key part that the transgender community played in the socio-political struggle for recognition. Essential viewing. DF