FIND MOVIES
Movie List
Loading ...
or
Find Theaters and Movie Times
or
Search Movies

Review: From the Back of the Room

Amy Oden's documentary about sexism in the punk rock community
By LIZ PELLY  |  December 6, 2011
3.5 3.5 Stars



Chronicling the past 30 years of women in DIY punk, Amy Oden's documentary deconstructs the myth that punk is an ideal world free of gender prejudices. In it, female musicians, bookers, and 'zinesters around the country speak of first-hand experiences with the punk patriarchy and the misogyny, stereotyping, and apathy in their scenes. Interviews with subjects including members of Tribe 8, Bikini Kill, Bratmobile, and photographer Cynthia Connolly are juxtaposed with black-and-white photos of slam-dancing punks and grainy footage of badass ladies screaming their heads off at hyper-masculine shows in gritty underground spaces. Oden unravels the illusion that the '90s riot-grrrl movement was a be-all-end-all moment for women in punk without discrediting its definitive, unmatched impact. She provides an essential voice on not just femme-punk's lineage but rock history in general with unprecedented research and an uncompromising argument.

  Topics: Reviews , Preview, new, 90s,  More more >
| More


Most Popular
ARTICLES BY LIZ PELLY
Share this entry with Delicious
  •   COLLECTIVE THINKING @ BLANC GALLERY  |  March 06, 2013
    In 2010, a group of 20-something art and music enthusiasts transformed an unassuming basement space on Vancouver Street into YES.OUI.SI., a multi-media gallery and gathering spot for young talents that hosted dozens of visual-art shows, film screenings, literary readings, and experimental music performances.
  •   PRIMORDIAL SOUNDS’ LABEL-READY LEARNING CURVE  |  February 20, 2013
    Noah Bond's Allston apartment looks like an antique shop.
  •   BEACH FOSSILS | CLASH THE TRUTH  |  February 20, 2013
    Last year in an interview with the Phoenix , Dustin Payseur of Beach Fossils said his sophomore album would be inspired by "a lot of frustration from a lot of different sources."
  •   ICEAGE | YOU'RE NOTHING  |  February 11, 2013
    There's something intriguing about the ways Copenhagen punk band Iceage seem simultaneously to care so much and so little.
  •   BEE-HAVIOR: ''FESTOONING THE INFLATABLE BEEHIVE'' AT BU'S 808 GALLERY  |  February 06, 2013
    An art gallery may seem like an unconventional space for discussions on insect behavior, but Maria Molteni maintains beekeeping is as much an art as a science.

 See all articles by: LIZ PELLY