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Afro-Punk (2003)

Afropunk: The 'Rock n Roll Nigger' Experience (original title)
Afro-Punk explores race identity within the punk scene. More than your everyday "Behind the Music" or typical "black history month" documentary, this film tackles hard questions, covering ... See full summary »

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James Spooner
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Credited cast:
Ralph Darden Ralph Darden ... Himself
Matt Davis Matt Davis ... Himself
Maya Glick Maya Glick ... Herself
Mariko Jones Mariko Jones ... Herself
Moe Mitchell Moe Mitchell ... Himself
Bejay Rose Bejay Rose ... Black Punk
Tamar-kali Tamar-kali ... Herself (as Tamar-Kali)
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Afro-Punk explores race identity within the punk scene. More than your everyday "Behind the Music" or typical "black history month" documentary, this film tackles hard questions, covering issues such as exile, loneliness, inter-racial dating and black power. We follow the lives of four people who have dedicated themselves to the punk rock lifestyle. They find themselves in conflicting situations, living the dual life of a person of color in a mostly white community. Written by Anonymous

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Documentary | Music

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Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 August 2007 (Japan) See more »

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Honest Documentary about Being Minority Inside Minority Community
5 March 2004 | by jazzestSee all my reviews

Afropunk, a documentary about black kids in the US punk rock scene, represents an honest voice of director James Spooner, whose experience as a minority inside a minority community (a black in a punk community or a punk in a black community) parallels the film's four main characters' stories. The documentary comprises interviews, the interviewees' lives, and their live performances. While the interviewees do not know each other, their experiences are similar: born and raised in a predominantly white neighborhood, being only one black person in a local punk scene, dating almost exclusively white boys/girls due to the interest proximity, admiring legendary black punk band Bad Brains, and trying to establish and maintain their ties to the black community.

According to the director, the film has been appreciated by both the mainstream black audience and the mainstream (mostly white) punk audience, as well as by comparatively small black groups in the alternative art scene. But you have to be neither punk nor black to appreciate the film; it has universal appeal to anyone who feels that they are different from what they are supposed to be.


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