On Wednesday, Amazon debuted the first trailer for My Name Is Pauli Murray, which hits theaters on September 17 and will be available to stream on Prime Video on October 1.
The latest doc from Oscar-nominated RBG filmmakers Betsy West and Julie Cohen tells the story of Pauli Murray, one of the most influential figures in the history of 20th century America.
Murray was already knee-deep in the fight for social justice, fifteen years before Rosa Parks refused to surrender her bus seat, and a full decade before the U.S. Supreme Court overturned separate-but-equal legislation. The pioneering attorney, activist, priest and dedicated memoirist shaped landmark litigation—and consciousness— around race and gender equity. As an African American youth raised in the segregated South— who was also wrestling with broader notions of gender identity—Pauli understood, intrinsically, what it was to exist beyond previously accepted categories and cultural norms. Both Pauli’s personal path and tireless advocacy foreshadowed some of the most politically consequential issues of our time.
My Name is Pauli Murray is a candid recounting of that unique and extraordinary journey, told primarily in Pauli’s own words.
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The Participant, Drexler and Storyville Films documentary is produced by Talleah Bridges McMahon. Amazon Studios acquired worldwide rights to the feature, following its world premiere at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival.
Pic comes on the heels of West and Cohen’s acclaimed doc RBG, centered on Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, which was nominated for two Oscars: Best Documentary Feature and Best Original Song (for Diane Warren’s “I’ll Fight”).
Check out the teaser for My Name Is Pauli Murray above.
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