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The Punk Singer (2013)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Biography, Music | 10 March 2013 (USA)
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A look at the life of activist, musician, and cultural icon Kathleen Hanna, who formed the punk band Bikini Kill and pioneered the "riot grrrl" movement of the 1990s.

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Tammy Rae Carland ...
Herself
Kathryn Wilcox ...
Herself (as Kathi Wilcox)
Tobi Vail ...
Herself
Billy Karren ...
Himself (archive footage)
Becca Albee ...
Herself
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Allison Wolfe ...
Herself (as Allison C. Wolfe)
Ann Powers ...
Herself, music critic
Lynn Breedlove ...
Herself (as Lynnee Breedlove)
Sara Marcus ...
Herself, author of 'Girls to the Front: The True Story of the Riot Grrrl Revolution'
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Jennifer Baumgardner ...
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A look at the life of activist, musician, and cultural icon Kathleen Hanna, who formed the punk band Bikini Kill and pioneered the "riot grrrl" movement of the 1990s.

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$24,729 (USA) (1 December 2013)

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$121,418 (USA) (10 January 2014)
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Kathleen Hanna: I don't give a shit what people think. I know what's real, I don't care if people don't think feminism is important, because I know it is. And I don't care if people don't think late stage Lyme disease exists, because I have it, and other people have it. And we help each other, and we know it exists. And other people can think what they want. My problem is when people get in the way of feminism. Or people get in the way of people who are sick, getting better, because they don't ...
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Keep on Livin'
Written by Kathleen Hanna, Johanna Fateman, Jocelyn Samson (as JD Samson)
Performed by Le Tigre
Courtesy of Le Tigre Records
[From the album "Feminist Sweepstakes"]
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I Never Knew This Kathleen Hanna
10 December 2013 | by See all my reviews

While I listened to Bikini Kill and Le Tigre I never sought out that much info on Kathleen Hanna, especially since that was much harder to find in Bikini Kill's active years. Watching this documentary made me fantasize about going back in time and begging Bikini Kill to let me carry their equipment before quietly slipping away so they could have all female Riot Grrrl meetings.

Nothing is left out that needed saying. The trauma of her past is acknowledged without morbidity, and her success is tempered by the realities of Bikini Kill's grueling tour life. The movie does a great job of giving equal time to her days with Le Tigre and Julie Ruin, as well as her relationship with Adrock.

I have to admit I found myself a little ashamed of how stricken I was by just how beautiful Hanna is and was. I know this movie isn't about her looks but I hadn't seen most of the live show footage before and honestly I was taken aback. The movie doesn't shy away from acknowledging how Kathleen used her sexuality on stage and the criticisms against her by those who thought a feminist had a responsibility to be non-sexual.

This movie is a must for anyone who loves punk, American feminism, riot grrrls, or ever had their lip split open in a pit.


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