‘If you don't know where you came from, you don't know where you're going’, muses multiple Grammy, Emmy, Tony, Billboard and American Music Award-winner Lauper. Fluidly combining archival footage, home movies, still photographs and interviews, Ellwood´s film traces the New Yorker’s career, from humble beginnings in a cold-water walk-up in Queens to worldwide fame. It captures her boundless enthusiasm on stage, but also hones in on her personal relationships and life-long work in feminist and LGBTQI+ spheres. The latter culminated in a 2015 speech to Congress in support of extending protections for queer, homeless youth. There’s also footage from a march where she revels in the repurposing of her 1983 hit into the protest slogan: ‘Girls Just Want to have FunDamental Human Rights’.
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