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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. | Add synopsis »
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Joan Jett ... Herself

Carrie Brownstein ... Herself
Tavi Gevinson ... Herself

Adam Horovitz ... Himself

Kim Gordon ... Herself

Kathleen Hanna ... Herself
Corin Tucker ... Herself
Jocelyn Samson ... Herself (as JD Samson)
Lynn Breedlove ... Herself
Kathryn Wilcox ... Herself
Jennifer Baumgardner ... Herself
Johanna Fateman ... Herself

Directed by
Sini Anderson 
Produced by
Sini Anderson .... producer
Gwen Bialic .... producer
Hilary Crowe .... associate producer
Tamra Davis .... producer
Rachel Dengiz .... producer
Erin Owens .... producer
Alan Oxman .... producer
Cinematography by
Jennie Jeddry 
Moira Morel 
Film Editing by
Jessica Hernández 
Bo Mehrad 
Sound Department
Quentin Chiappetta .... sound re-recording mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Lindsay Brice .... still photographer
Josh Polon .... camera operator
Editorial Department
Aaron Aites .... additional editor: The Edit Center
Melani C. Brown .... additional editor: The Edit Center
James Chellingworth .... additional editor: The Edit Center
Joy Dietrich .... additional editor: The Edit Center
Debora Giammarco .... additional editor: The Edit Center
Dimon Hunter .... associate editor
Dana Kasser .... additional editor: The Edit Center
Rebecca Laks .... assistant editor
Lauren Lascher .... additional editor: The Edit Center
Collin MacGregor .... additional editor: The Edit Center
Michael Parker .... assistant editor
Joey Severini .... additional editor
Joey Severini .... assistant editor
Daria Sommers .... additional editor: The Edit Center
Rachel Steele .... additional editor: The Edit Center
Other crew
Samantha Muilenburg .... research assistant
Jen Schwartz .... legal assistant
Liam Dunlop .... thanks
Penelope Falk .... thanks
Amy Foote .... thanks
Mollie Goldstein .... thanks
Betsy Kagen .... thanks
Jennifer Kennedy .... thanks (as Jen and Jen)
Rachel Mills .... thanks
Tiffany Peckosh .... thanks
Jen Schwartz .... thanks (as Jen and Jen)
Aaron Yanes .... thanks

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5 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Self-Indulgent Tripe, 22 May 2014
Author: Meaux Bacon from Los Angeles

Firstly, let me say this: I agree that Kathleen Hanna played a very important role in feminist history and I respect her for that. Get down with your bad Riot Grrrl self! However, please, for the love of whomever you find sacred, please get some perspective!

I am very sorry that she is suffering from what is revealed at the end of this film. I am, I truly am. I have not walked a mile in her shoes but I can only assume that her journey through her health issues have been a nightmare.

Here's my problem with the film: it's such an exercise in navel-gazing and delusion, at times it's almost painful to watch. If she would have just OWNED the fact that she's married to a Beastie Boy and has access to care and treatment that most normal people do not, I would have found her story more tolerable. And let's not forget that this is supposed to be an empowered feminist, yet when she talks of her stripper past (which I am NOT judging her for), she says, "It was the only decent paying job I could get." I call B.S. on that! Honey, just own it! You wanted to strip for the money - no big deal. But please don't make it out like it was the ONLY job you could get. Puh-leeeeze! We are basically the same age and while she's a heck of a lot cuter than I ever was and looked better in a bikini than I ever did, I found a way to have a decent paying job where I didn't remove my clothes (my choice).

I wanted to love this movie. But I did not. I did however love all the old 90s footage and some fun interviews with the likes of Kim Gordon and Tavi Gevinson.

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