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October 23, 2016 @ 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
directed by Annalise Ophelian
(91 min., 2015)
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.
+ Best Documentary, Audience Award, InsideOut, Toronto’s LGBT Film Festival
+ Best Documentary, Audience & Jury Award, Wickedly Queer, Boston’s LGBT Festival
+ Grand Jury Award: Special Mention for Excellence in Filmmaking, OUTFEST
OUR LIVES OF MADISON
CREAM CITY FOUNDATION
BURBACH & STANSBURY S.C., Attorneys at Law: Fairness to all Families
DIVERSE & RESILIENT
ACLU OF WISCONSIN
UWM ALUMNI ASSOCIATION LGBT+ CHAPTER
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The 31st Annual Milwaukee LGBT Film/Video Festival opens on Wednesday, October 12th and continues October 14-23.
The Festival is presented by the Department of Film, Video, Animation, and New Genres in the UWM Peck School of the Arts.
The Festival is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Cream City Foundation, Wisconsin Gazette, 88Nine Radio Milwaukee, Milwaukee Pride, Jack H. Smith of Shorewest Realtors, Bronze Optical, and Joseph R. Pabst.