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"Offers revelations alongside an invigorating recap of Hanna's influential career. --John Defore, Hollywood Reporter
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Not only did she have her own band, she also co-found the 'Riot Grrrl' revolution. These were bands with so much to say, and also, they were produced by rocker Joan Jett. Strong, angry, decisive, and thematic with a commanding presence, the Riot Grrrl's movement took the Punk scene with its own fury. Kathleen had made some very influential friends in Kurt Cobain and also the band 'Sonic Youth', among many others during her time in both ventures.
Before 'Bikini Kill' eventually broke up, Kathleen helped to make fanzines which explained their reasoning for feelings that they each had. This was done to go into 'Riot Grrrl' with a "Manifesto", which they named it.Read more ›
Director Sini Anderson has accumulated press clips, performance footage, interviews and music industry know-how to create a story that took a 90° turn about two-thirds of the way in. We start with footage that introduces us to Kathleen Hanna, a frustrated girl who just wanted to be heard.
A clever advisor told her the best way was through music, not stories. The upshot was, she and some chums formed Bikini Kill, a punk rock group that enjoyed unexpected success, partly because she insisted the females in the audience be granted priority and treated with respect. As a part of the burgeoning music scene in the Pacific Northwest, she became friends with Joan Jett of The Runaways, Kurt Cobain of Nirvana and Carrie Brownstein of Sleater-Kinney.
We watch this girl (who helped originate the Riot Grrrl movement of the 90s) grow into an intelligent woman of great beauty. As her stature changes, she becomes disenchanted with the way the press keeps trying to create dissension among female performers and finds herself extremely weary of touring.
Now the 90° turn. She is eventually diagnosed with Lyme Disease and we watch her struggles, bolstered by her wonderful husband Adam Horovitz of the Beasty Boys.
I have never been a fan of punk rock, but this story is wonderful. Kudos to the cinematographers, Jennie Jeddry and Moira Morel. There are a couple of setups that were notable for their beauty and acute eye for color. The rating will probably be a PG-13 because our gal is articulate, well-behaved and doesn't have the potty mouth I would have expected.
I hope Amazon soon will offer the DVD for sale instead of just this method.
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This flick answers some questions like why Bikini Kill broke up and why Kathleen Hanna stopped performing. Read morePublished 1 month ago by The Truth
really interesting - mr and mrs punk/rapper move to the suburbs - i do not mean that in a snarky way - inspiring in some ways - i bought it but doubt i will watch it again anytime... Read morePublished 2 months ago by A. BURNETT
I never liked Bikini Kill as a teenager in the early 90's and always found Kathleen Hanna's music somewhat irritating. Read morePublished 2 months ago by K. A. Bay
iconic performer - feminist - artist - punk rock ninja - excellent piece of workPublished 4 months ago by Kelly Kelley
One of the many good things documentaries can do is make you aware of a person, a movement, a moment that you somehow overlooked, and help you realize just how important and how... Read morePublished 4 months ago by K. Gordon
Excellent. Very well done. Anyone interested in this era in music, in general, will love this. Loved the trip through the times of Kathleen's life. Read morePublished 9 months ago by CarolynSiouxHart