Bikini Kill frontwoman Kathleen Hanna has always been an interesting figure, but it wasn’t until the release of this documentary about her that you realize just how important a cultural figure she was. In the early 90’s, first through a zine she co-founded and later with her band, she was one of the main founders of the Riot Grrrl movement which gave a much needed jolt to contemporary feminism.
Punk Singer briefly covers her childhood, but spends the bulk of the film covering her time in Bikini Kill and its sudden implosion, the founding of Le Tigre and on the latest chapter in her career. Told through interviews with Hanna, band mates, her husband (Beastie Boy Adam Horowitz) and folks like Carrie Brownstein and Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon, Punk Singer is a fascinating look one of the strongest feminist icons of the past couple of decades.
Punk Singer/82 Mins./IFC Films/2014