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The Punk Singer

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  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Director Sini Anderson's documentary THE PUNK SINGER profiles musician and outspoken feminist Kathleen Hanna, who was one of the central figures in the riot grrrl movement as the leader of the band Bikini Kill. The filmmakers utilize a wealth of archival footage, as well as interviews with Hanna, to tell her story, and explain why she retreated from the spotlight.
  • Critic Reviews
    "[F]reshly rendered with lively interviews and concert video clips full of prickly, lo-fi energy..."
    New York Times

    "[The song] 'Ha Ha Ha' closes the film on a powerful, optimistic note. Hanna has a compelling story..."
    A.V. Club

    "Sini Anderson's razor-sharp documentary recalls the considerable influence of the 1990s riot grrrl movement and its most charismatic leader."

    "PUNK SINGER has a terrific story to tell, not least about the fascinating contradictions in Hannas character..."
    Chicago Sun-Times

    3.5 stars out of 4 -- "[T]here is so much to be admired about Hanna. Plusif you've never seen some of those songs performedit's electrifying."

    "The second half of Hannas musical career -- Julie Ruin, Le Tigre -- is pop in the purest sense..."
    Film Comment

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