At Rock 'n' Roll Camp, girls ranging in age from eight to 18 are taught that it's OK to sweat like a pig, scream like a banshee, wail on their instruments with complete and utter abandon, and that "it is 100% okay to be exactly who you are." The girls have a week to select a band, an instrument they may have never played before, and write a song. In between, they are taught by indie rock chicks such as Carrie Brownstein from Sleater-Kinney various lessons of empowerment from self-defense to anger management. At the end of the week, all the bands perform a concert for over 700 people. The film follows several campers: Laura, a Korean adoptee obsessed by death metal; Misty, who is emerging from a life of meth addiction, homelessness and gang activity; and Amelia, an eight-year-old who writes experimental rock songs about her dog Pipi. The girls are given a temporary reprieve from being sexualized, analyzed and pressured to conform.Written by
Girls Rock! follows the journey of four 8-18-year-olds as they are transformed by the liberating powers of music at the Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls. Given the opportunity to bash the drums, wail like a banshee and take up space, the girls jettison gender stereotypes like old hats on their way to a joyous final concert that will change their lives forever. See more »
For anybody who thinks that young girls only listen to vapid pop dreck like Britney Spears is in for a BIG surprise with this film. This documentary covers a week at a Rock & Roll camp for girls, ages 8 to 18 with image concerns/problems,broken homes,etc. It focuses on several campers who are encouraged to take up musical instruments,write songs & eventually,play their songs for an audience. More than anything else, the program acts to inject these girls with a sense of self esteem (who had very little no none at all). The program also acts to try and erase the damaging effects of negative body image,and other social evils that have done little more than to knock these young girls down several levels. Some of the campers have deep anger issues as a result of this, and act them out (body language,behavior,etc.). The film itself has a "do it yourself" kind of grainy,kitchen sink look that proves that a film doesn't need to have a ten trillion dollar budget,shot on IMAX, with a 15 channel,Dolby stereo system to put it's point across (which only acts as an antithesis for Punk,Metal,etc.). As one of the reviews in the trailer blurt out..."take your daughter to see this one"
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