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Bloodied But Unbowed at Hamburg Punk Film Festival (Germany)

Bloodied But Unbowed—and several other films that screened at the Berlin Punk Film Festival earlier this year—shown at the Hamburg Punk Film Festival, clipping attached:

Hamburg clipping

[Humourous Google-English translation thanks to link provided by Sabzz Lauer]

Bloody But Unbowed

PUNKIVAL When Punk Film Festival "Too Drunk To Watch" will be resurrected from today the punk scenes of the late 70s and early 80s from Vancouver to Johannesburg...

Even though the organizers are modest Punk Film Festival — better in the coming nights, there is a real Punkival on the screens to see. Just in the districts where anarchist driven Hamburg Punx successfully Saufpunx occupied houses in tow. (Schanzenstraße), or were cleared again (when green hunter) and against the expulsion from public space resisted (top position) These were the first years of the rebellious punk around 1980. The history of the early Hamburg Punx has not been told in a movie. But what does the Smugglers Inn, on his shield "Cosmopolitan Action Bar" was, for the punk in the repressive South Africa to apartheid times played, who is in the Manors House in Vancouver, immortalized on the walls with felt pen or something with jewelry from the pre-colonial Africa Afro Punk to do in New York — all this is now seen to be in exciting, more or less twisted with a steady hand on the documentation Punk Film Festival. Graying men and women talk and tidy. Without renouncing the rebellion with guitar, bass, drum stick and sharp text. Even if the back while stage diving would probably not participate — at the veterans of punk. The rhythm of the documentaries is almost self: Talking Heads in the interviews — no, I do not mean the legendary post-punk band. The conversation sequences contrasted pleasantly with violent concert clips. The aggressions Pogotanzen the front of the stage, the bands on Selbiger exhaust themselves to the pain limit and give everything.

In "Afro Punk" leaves director James Spooner Punx much black in the U.S. to speak: the overwhelming power of the speech, which is released at punk gig, the filmed Pogotanzen here looks almost like kickboxing. A big issue is a minority of the minority to be: Punk was and is mostly a thing of white teenagers. In the opening credits, the song "Rock'n'Roll Nigger" the wonderful — cites Patti Smith — White: She sings it, to want to be outside the company, it uses the N-word. In contrast to their free choice is marginalized by the dominant culture of the racist society, who is due to its appearance called a "nigger". Without having to search for it can. "Afro Punk" takes part in the daily life of some black Punx, they can tell from self-assertion and mutual support, different from nichtrassistischem dealing with Punx skin pigmentation. But the partial slightly shaky camera work and verrissene by James Spooner and Kira Kelly sucks, something.

Quite the opposite in "Bloodied but Unbowed", Bleeding but unbroken, in the director Susanne Tabata was cinematographer himself. The often original, but quiet-display at the interviews — as the former bassist Mary-Jo Kapechne sitting of the modernists Nice on the fender of their pickups — as contrasted with coarse gritty, sometimes frantically filmed historic concert clips. Susanne Tabata has a radio presenter even seen what they are now documented: the early punk scene in Vancouver, Canada from 1977 to 83 And they got them all before the camera: from Mary Armstrong, who has now in the country a horse farm in Alberta, to Randy Rampage and Joe Shithead, the tour still from gig to gig. And the title of the film is so fitting as punk poetic.

He would have fit well on "Punk in Africa" by Keith Jones and Deon Maas. Because it's the scene in the Republic of South Africa, where the first punk band to provocative "4th Reich" called, where the state apparatus record releases as "undesirable" to tried to prevent. Shown is not only the punk scene — although here too the interview sequences are exciting, often in between brought out the guitar and laughing over a reef — but the unbearable repressive normalized everyday even the privileged white people. Obsessive happy radiant families in commercials are mounted in the film, and advertising of the army: "Ons is Wenners" they wrote, to steely, crisp white soldiers images. It was the time of the war in Namibia against the independence movement. Conscription. People tell a punk musician, as he had to serve two years in a military band And still lucky. 1976 was the youth uprising in the township of Soweto, where students opposed to the army tanks. In 1985 an uprising against apartheid was suppressed militarily. Clear that punk records had names like "Beat! Apartheid". Punk in Africa — that was musically and in the texts a revolutionary statement against apartheid, against racism. While in the cities of the whites the performances were banned, the concerts in the townships of blacks were legendary. Ivan Kadey of the band "National Wake" tells how suspicious they were a mixed band of black and white police. In the house in which they lived as WG, ran daily to the police several times. Direct persecution pressure. Many bands broke up. New originated. Since the end of apartheid in 1994, there is a tremendously agile scene of bands that mix punk and ska - with everything up to the Polish polka. The film "Punk in Africa" is a real gem — even for non punks.

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