2016 Festival

Major!


FRIDAY, APRIL 15, 8:30pm

MAJOR!

MAJOR! is a documentary film exploring 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. 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. 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. If history is held within us, embodied in our loves and losses, then Miss Major is a living library, a resource for generations to come to more fully understand the rich heritage of the Queer Rights movement that is so often whitewashed and rendered invisible. Running time: 80 minutes. Directed by Annalise Ophelian. Discussion featuring Director Annalise Ophelian, producer StormMiguel Florez, and staff and members of BreakOUT! and TGIJP (Transgender, Gender Variant, and Intersex Justice Project)..

Cosponsored by New Orleans Film Society.

Featured organizations: Breakout!, Black & Pink, New Orleans Film Society.