'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.