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Major!

Annalise Ophelian / United States / 2016 / 91 ' / English

Credits

StormMiguel Florez
AJ Russo
Dan Olmsted
Berkeley Sound Artists
Star Amerasu
Annalise Ophelian & StormMiguel Florez
Camera: Avery Hudson, Annalise Ophelian, Michelle Lawler
Colourist / Consulting Editor: Robert Arnold, Lateral Films
Illustration: Wriply M. Bennet, Lex Non Scripta, Micah Bazant
Location Sound Mix: Javier Roberto Carlos Briones Menendez, Shannon Deane, Seth Lael Peterson, Laura Dean, Brian Trim, StormMiguel Florez

Awards & Festivals

Winner, Jury Award Best Documentary, Kaleidoscope LGBT Film Festival 2016
Winner, Gold Award, Eureka Springs Human Rights Film Festival 2016
Winner, Audience Award and Jury Special Mention, Best Documentary, Outfest Los Angeles 2016
Winner, Audience Award Best Documentary, Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival 2016
Winner, Audience and Jury Prizes, Best Documentary, Wicked Queer Boston LGBT Film Festival

Upcoming Screenings

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In Production

As a lifelong trans-activist and champion of community healing and justice, Major is a force to be reckoned with in this award-winning, spirit-lifting portrait.

Synopsis

MAJOR! explores the life and campaigns of Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, a formerly incarcerated Black transgender elder and activist who has been fighting for the rights of trans women of color for over 40 years. 

Miss Major is a veteran of the Stonewall Rebellion and a survivor of Attica State Prison, a former sex worker, an elder, and a community leader and human rights activist. She is simply “Mama” to many in her community. Her personal story and activism for transgender civil rights intersects LGBT struggles for justice and equality from the 1960s to today. At the center of her activism is her fierce advocacy for her girls, trans women of color who have survived police brutality and incarceration in men’s jails and prisons. 

MAJOR! is more than just a biographical documentary: It’s an investigation into critical issues of how the Prison Industrial Complex represents a wide-spread and systematic civil rights violation, as well as a historical portrait of diverse LGBT communities, told with love and humor, and personalized through the lens of a vibrant and charismatic woman. Through first-person narration and innovative visual story telling, MAJOR! seeks to create a living, breathing history of a community's struggle and resilience, as seen and experienced by those who lived it.

At the heart of MAJOR! is a social justice framework that puts the subjects at the center of their story. MAJOR! was produced in collaboration with Miss Major, the film’s participants, and a transPOC Community Advisory Board to ensure that these stories, which are so often marginalized, exoticized, or played for tragic drama, retain the agency and humanity of those who tell them.

 

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