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Directed by Sini Anderson

United States 2013 80 mins. In English

Kathleen Hanna, lead singer of punk band Bikini Kill and dance-punk trio Le Tigre, was a pivotal figure in the riot grrrl movement of the 1990s. Through the use of extensive archival footage as well as intimate interviews, THE PUNK SINGER recounts Hanna’s ascension into the forefront of musical and cultural awareness, her role as a feminist activist for a new generation of women, and her sudden retreat from public limelight. Among the many interviewed in the film are Joan Jett, Le Tigre’s Johanna Fateman and JD Samson, Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon, Sleater-Kinney’s Corin Tucker and Carrie Brownstein, and Hanna’s husband (and Beastie Boy) Adam Horowitz.

The Northwest Film Center recognizes and honors the Indigenous peoples of this region on whose ancestral lands the museum now stands. These include the Willamette Tumwater, Clackamas, Kathlemet, Molalla, Multnomah and Watlala Chinook Peoples and the Tualatin Kalapuya who today are part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and many other Native communities who made their homes along the Columbia River. We also want to recognize that Portland today is a community of many diverse Native peoples who continue to live and work here. We respectfully acknowledge and honor all Indigenous communities—past, present, future—and are grateful for their ongoing and vibrant presence.