THE PUNK SINGER
May 19th, 2016

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Illustration by Robert John Paterson

The HS Doc Club Presents is a three-part series that consists of some of our personal favourite docs handpicked for our members and any of you who would like to join us!  Following our monthly screening etiquette, we’ll be bringing special guests to speak with us afterwards and share their unique insights on a topic raised by the film. But it doesn’t end there! We will be extending the conversation through our Facebook page, website, and social media– suggesting articles, related sources and interesting content to facilitate discussion amongst new friends, old acquaintances, and fellow doc lovers.

The beauty of docs is that they often leave us with many questions, and so our mission is to find some answers. We aim to widen the post-film journey for those of us whose contemplation over the power of documentaries continues long after the credits have rolled.

The 2nd screening is: The Punk Singer (2013) on Thursday, May 19th at 8:45 pm @Bloor Cinema, and will be co-presented by Sonic Boom.

Bringing elements of feminism and punk rock into the same conversation, this documentary sheds light on the riot grrrl movement of the 1990s through the lens of Kathleen Hanna. Outspoken and fearless, the lead singer of Bikini Kill brought girls to the literal forefront of the music scene–kicking away moshpit muckers to open up the space. Her ethics are inspirational, revolutionary, and hardly irrelevant to modern-day gender politics.

The film will be followed by a Skype conversation with Andrea Warner, associate producer at CBC Music, co-host and writer of the Pop This! podcast, and author of We Oughta Know: How Four Women Ruled the 90s and Changed Canadian Music.

In order to bring these ideas into a modern and local context, we are extremely excited to announce that we will be holding our first ever zine fair at the event! Join us in the upstairs foyer as a contemporary follow-up to the movement, where we will be showcasing the work of exciting new Toronto artists!

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Looking forward to next month’s special presentation of West of Memphis (2012),so don’t forget to check back in a couple of weeks or look for our event on Facebook!

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