From the Back of the Room

Mar 06 - Mar 08, 2012

(Amy Oden, 2011, USA, Blu-ray, 102 min)

Seattle Premiere!
Sponsored by Easy Street Records

Deconstructing myths of the Utopian quality of alternative cultures, From the Back of the Room confronts punk patriarchy. With first hand testimonies from Bikini Kill's Kathleen Hanna, comic-book artist Cristy Road, Slug and Lettuce zinester Chris Boarts-Larson and Slade from Tribe 8, the film addresses issues of gender, race, class and sexuality within DIY punk. While cataloging the lineage of the femme-punk movement, the film serves as more than a history lesson; it's the beginning of a larger discussion on how these issues manifest today.

“Oden unravels the illusion that the '90s riot-grrrl movement was a be-all-end-all moment for women in punk without discrediting its definitive, unmatched impact. She provides an essential voice on not just femme-punk's lineage but rock history in general with unprecedented research and an uncompromising argument.” —Liz Pelly, The Boston Phoenix

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