Afro-punk: The Movie That Sparked the Movement

Afro-punk: The Movie That Sparked the Movement

by James Spooner

Explores race identity within the punk scene. More than your everyday, Behind the Music or "black history month" documentary, this film tackles the hard questions - loneliness, exile, inter-racial dating and black power. We follow the lives of four people who have dedicated themselves to punk. They find themselves in conflicting situations, living the dual life of a person of color in a mostly white community. The style of the documentary inter-cuts interviews from scores of black punk rockers from all over the nation with scenes from our four protagonists' lives. They come from different regions, generations, genders, and sexual preferences but their stories are amazingly similar. Performances by Bad Brains, Tamar Kali, Cipher, and Ten Grand. Interviews by members of Fishbone, 247- spyz, Dead Kennedys, Candiria, Orange 9mm and TV on the Radio.