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Happy Birthday, Marsha!


As an opening event for their Trans ± Sex: Rethinking Sex/Gender in Trans Studies Symposium (September, 5th-7th 2019) the University of Arizona’s Transgender Studies Research Cluster will be hosting a film screening at the Loft Cinema of Happy Birthday, Marsha! on Thursday, September 5th 2019. Tourmaline, co-producer and co-director of the film, will be in attendance for introductory comments and an audience Q&A following the film.
Happy Birthday, Marsha! is a short film co-produced and co-directed by Tourmaline and Sasha Wortzel, and is described as an “experimental narrative film,” one that revisits and reimagines the lives and community involvement by Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera in the moments leading up to the Stonewall Riots in June 1969. Rather than seeking to correct or fill in the absences and gaps in the historical record regarding the lives of Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, the film creates and critically engages “new historical documents that are looking to the past in order to imagine what other possibilities could be.”

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