Directed by Annalise Ophelian
USA, 2015, 91 mins
EXPECTED TO ATTEND: Director Annalise Ophelian, Editor StormMiguel Florez and Miss Major Griffin-Gracy
AWARDS: Outfest (U.S. Documentary Audience Award, Grand Jury Documentary Special Mention for Excellence in Filmmaking), InsideOut Toronto (Audience Award Best Documentary), Out Here Now Kansas City (Jury Award Documentary), TRANSlations (Best Documentary) , Wicked Queer (Best Documentary), QFest New Jersey (Best Documentary), Queer Hippo Int'l LGBT Film Festival Houston (Best U.S. Documentary)
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MAJOR! follows the life and campaigns of Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, a 73-year-old Black transgender woman who has been fighting for the rights of trans women of color for over 40 years.
Miss Major’s personal story and activism for transgender civil rights, from mobile outreach and AIDS prevention to fighting the prison industrial complex, intersects LGBT struggles for justice and equality from the 1960s to today. She is a veteran of the 1969 Stonewall Rebellion and was incarcerated at Attica months after the 1971 Uprising. Most recently, Miss Major has served as the executive director of the San Francisco-‐based Transgender Gender Variant Intersex Justice Project (TGIJP), a grassroots organization advocating for trans women of color in and outside of prison that is led by trans women of color.
Miss Major’s extraordinary life and personal story is one of resilience and celebration in a community that has been historically traumatized and marginalized. While mainstream gay rights and marriage equality dominate the headlines, Miss Major’s life is a testament to the fierce survivalism and every day concerns of transgender women of color, who so often live in the margin of the already marginalized.
Annalise Ophelian (producer/director) is a white, queer‐identified cis woman, psychologist, consultant, and documentary filmmaker whose work includes Diagnosing Difference (2009).
StormMiguel Florez (co‐producer/editor) is a Xicano transgender musician and multi-media artist. He is the owner of Bad Flower Productions, providing services to queer and trans artists of color to help bring their creative projects to life.