Black Punk Weekend – Afro-Punk [In-Person Only]

This event took place on Mar 29, 2024

Photo by Duwayno Robertson

$14 General Admission
$10 Student/Child/Senior
$7 NWFF/SeaDoc Members

James Spooner
1h 6m

Visiting Artist

** James Spooner in attendance! **


(James Spooner, US, 2003, 66 min, in English)

** Featuring performances by Bad Brains, Tamar-kali, Cipher, and Ten Grand **

Afro-Punk focuses on the lives of four African Americans dedicated to the punk rock lifestyle, interspersed with interviews from a chorus of over 80 Black punks from throughout the United States.

The film tackles several universal topics around Black identity: interracial dating, marginalization, the double consciousness of Black Americans, and notions of what it means to be Black.

After the film’s premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, Spooner toured the film throughout the United States and abroad. Screening it over 300 times in the first three years, the film garnered a following, giving punks a template for discussing race within the scene. Later, the Afro-Punk message board connected alternative Black people from around the world. In 2004, Spooner began holding concerts to foster that community, which eventually lead to his co-founding the Afropunk Festival.

Synopsis and stills courtesy of James Spooner.

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Northwest Film Forum
1515 12th Ave,

Seattle, WA 98122

206 329 2629

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