Director: Annalise Ophelian
Runtime: 91 min
Festival year: 2016
Remember when that fictional movie about Stonewall came out starring a white cisgender lead from the American Midwest and activists railed in all caps about the trans* women of colour the film had excluded from history? Well, many of us heard a lot about Miss Major then, an exuberant, inspiring, formerly incarcerated Black transgender elder, former sex worker, community leader, human rights activist, and veteran of the Stonewall Rebellion—exactly the kind of person who merits a carefully crafted, inclusive biopic all her own.
Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, now 73 years old, takes us on a highly enjoyable guided tour through her 40-year fight for the rights of trans* women of colour. Infused with Miss Major’s trademark wit and larger-than-life personality, Major! tackles in its subject’s signature way the injustices of incarceration, the discriminatory legal economies in prison systems, the need for self-determination, and the incredible possibilities of personal/political kinship.
Skype Q&A with Miss Major and director Annalise Ophelian to follow
Screening Sponsors: OUTtv, Plane Creative
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