"My Name is Pauli Murray" to Premiere at Sundance Film Festival 2021
From the creators of the hit documentary "RBG."
My Name is Pauli Murray / U.S.A. (Directors: Betsy West, Julie Cohen, Producer: Talleah Bridges McMahon) — Overlooked by history, Pauli Murray was a legal trailblazer whose ideas influenced RBG's fight for gender equality and Thurgood Marshall's landmark civil rights arguments. Featuring never-before-seen footage and audio recordings, a portrait of Murray's impact as a non-binary Black luminary: lawyer, activist, poet, and priest who transformed our world. World Premiere, Documentary
Honored/exhilarated to announce that our new documentary MY NAME IS PAULI MURRAY will premiere at #Sundance.— Julie Cohen (@FilmmakerJulie) December 15, 2020
If you know about Pauli Murray, you'll understand why we made this film.
If you don't, can't wait for you to learn more! pic.twitter.com/YFRaTGcKTR
"The Sundance Film Festival announced today its slate for the 2021 festival, which included Participant's documentary My Name is Pauli Murray, directed by the Oscar-nominated filmmaking team behind RBG, Betsy West & Julie Cohen.
Told largely in Pauli’s own words, My Name is Pauli Murray is a candid recounting of that unique and extraordinary journey. Fifteen years before Rosa Parks refused to surrender her bus seat, a full decade before the U.S. Supreme Court overturned separate-but-equal legislation, Pauli Murray was already knee-deep fighting for social justice. A pioneering attorney, activist and dedicated memoirist, Murray 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."
Murray spent many of her formative years right here in Durham. You can still visit the house she grew up in. We're so excited to see her story told in this new documentary.