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PUNK SINGER, The

USA, 2013 (MIFF 2013, Backbeat)

Director: Sini Anderson

"Both a captivating personal story and a history of a moment - as the best rock documentaries are." - Flavorwire

As a founder of the riot grrrl movement in the 1990s, singer Kathleen Hanna was a force of nature. As the leader of punk band Bikini Kill and dance-punk trio Le Tigre, Hanna became an outspoken feminist icon, adored and attacked equally. So when this woman with so much to say suddenly became silent in 2005, many wondered why.

Sini Anderson's documentary is an archival footage-laden celebration of Hanna's career, and more surprisingly an intimate and very moving look at her health battles. It features extensive interviews with artists including Joan Jett, Kim Gordon and Hanna's husband, Beastie Boy Adam Horowitz. A testament to a complex and inspiring artist.

"The Punk Singer is unnegotiated truth, a frank and exhilarating portrayal of a legend." - Badass Digest

D Sini Anderson P Tamra Davis, Gwen Bialic, Rachel Dengiz, Erin Owens, Alan Oxman WS Long Shot Factory TD HD Cam/2013


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