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  • Format: NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Ifc Independent Film
  • Release Date: March 25 2014
  • ASIN: B00GS0927I

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
"We Were Gonna Do What We Did Whether We Got Attention Or Not" - Kathleen April 26 2014
By Sheryl Fechter - Published on Amazon.com
'Bikini Kill' was just one of those really great bands fronted by the talented Kathleen Hanna. Showing so much of the band in concert, along with Hanna talking freely, I really enjoyed this documentary as I haven't heard much about her in such a long time. Now Sini Anderson gives us this musical look, along with her additional camera work, into this Punk Rock band with a message as clear as crystal. The feminist wave of female rockers was understood differently by different people, although Hanna defines being a feminist right here: "Feminism is standing up to any and all oppression for anyone". This "Rebel Girl", Kathleen Hanna, was a beam of well needed light into the darkest issues concerning women. 'Bikini Kill' revamped concerts with an open invite for all the girls to get to the front of the audience. This was to keep them away from the violent nature of concerts as she was seeing them at the time. With songs about abuse, rape, violence, sexism and objectifying women, Kathleen Hanna punched out her feelings with lyrical fists.

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. Feminism was not dead nor apathetic, and their intent was to bring it to the stage; right to the National Mall in Washington D.C. It was all about reconciling the differences and likenesses in all women. She was the first one to come forth, and the hardest to forget. Kathleen was a true leader in the band, but mainly of the cause. It was at this time she met her husband to be, 'Rock and Roll Hall of Fame' Inductee, Adam Horovitz of the "Beastie Boys".

Until this documentary, I didn't know what happened to Kathleen Hanna. Where she was, what had happened to her. She had been at the top of her game, fronting the band 'Le Tigre' with friend Johanna Fateman and then, she was gone. The atmospheric docudrama tells her story, talks candidly, honestly and openly about what Kathleen Hanna went through after leaving. As she would clarify that "She didn't have anything more to say", although later admits this was not true. Kathleen has very serious issues that she and her supportive husband, Adam, are still struggling with which she explains here. Thanks to this project, I was able to catch up with Kathleen's personal life. Anderson gives us a completely informative, well done documentary, which you wouldn't want to miss if you are a fan of Punk Rock and/or just love music in general.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Great insight April 4 2014
By S. Rogers - Published on Amazon.com
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I was dragged to the Mall in DC to see Fugazi and "some lame chicks rights band" back in the day. I was an unaware young man just going for a free show and walked away with with a seed planted in my head. Bikini Kill opened my mind to a wave of bands and ideas that has taken the years since then to really sink in. Kathleen is such an amazing person and artist, this film goes beyond all the BS and gives a slight peak at the person behind the art. I am sure I could go on but there are reviews here that spill it out better than I can, in parting buy this movie!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great! Dec 31 2013
By Dawn Ishii - Published on Amazon.com
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I had forgotten how much she did for the music scene - especially for women. I was introduced to the punk scene several years after the riot girl movement had already been around and so much was already different thanks to bands like Bikini Kill. Also as someone who is battling chronic Lyme disease myself, I really appreciate her talking about and even showing her disease on film. More people need to know about this awful disease that is becomming an epidemic. I appreciate Kathleen Hanna bringing attention to the disease, showing her struggles and realiy to the audience.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
grrrl grown up Jan. 10 2014
By SarahK66 - Published on Amazon.com
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I saw this on instant video and had to watch it again. Bikini Kill were a mystery in the early 90's to me as a 14 year old. I never saw any interviews and that added to their enigma. I have to admit I was not an immediate fan of Kathleen Hanna. I was more into bands from Britain like Huggy Bear, Voodoo Queens and dream noise bands like Lush and Curve. The American stuff I did like was Babes in Toyland, Hole, L7 and 7 year Bitch. Then in 1996 Bikini Kill released their best work Reject All American. I was now a fan, but then they broke up a year later. Fortunately Kathleen was not done. She came back cool and strong with Le Tigre with the amazing Johanna Fateman. Years later they broke up too. I assumed Kathleen wanted out of the spotlight. Well the answer to my assumptions is the heart of this documentary. What Kathleen overcomes with the help of her loving husband Adam Horovitz is the real story. So watch it!

EDIT May 2014: Life is about constant change and dealing with people and their hypocrisy. I recently found out about Kathleen's involvement with the Michigan Womyn's Festival and their transphobic policy. They only allow natural born women in the festival which is their right, but they are alienating a lot of people by it. What really gets me about all of this is that Kathleen who has made a career of fighting for everyone's rights is completely silent about the topic. This is someone who has rallied against institutionalized racism, classism, sexism and homophobia. Her former band had a trans person in it. Yet when the trans community has reached out to her to apologize for her part in the festival to at least address her feelings, Kathleen pretends it is a non issue. She has ignored all emails and protests. I am not well versed in trans issues, but I know what a hypocrite is...I'm looking at you Ms. Hanna!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
One of the better documentaries I have seen lately Oct. 4 2014
By Jim Hamilton - Published on Amazon.com
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One of the better documentaries I have seen lately. I was familiar with Kathleen Hanna through Bikini Kill and I knew she was married to Adrock from the Beastie Boys, and for some reason I remember hearing that she got sucker punched by Courtney Love, but I was really not aware of the extent of her work with feminist groups. If she ever gave up singing, I think she would be a good public speaker promoting her causes, and do I dare mention this, perhaps become a female answer to Henry Rollins.

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