Kathleen Hanna, lead singer of the punk band Bikini Kill and dance-punk trio Le Tigre, rose to national attention as the reluctant but never shy voice of the riot grrrl movement. She became one of the most famously outspoken feminist icons, a cultural lightning rod. Her critics wished she would just shut-up, and her fans hoped she never would. So in 2005, when Hanna stopped shouting, many wondered why. Through 20 years of archival footage* and intimate interviews with Hanna, THE PUNK SINGER takes viewers on a fascinating tour of contemporary music and offers a never-before-seen view into the life of this fearless leader. Director Sini Anderson joins us for a conversation on the life and times of a galvanizing artist.
“Beautiful and rousing!” —Karen Valby, Entertainment Weekly
“Unnegotiated truth, a frank and exhilarating portrayal of a legend.”
—Meredith Borders, Badass Digest
“Both a captivating personal story and a history of a moment—as the best rock documentaries are.” —Jason Bailey, Flavorwire
“‘The Punk Singer’ demonstrates that neither Hanna’s cause nor her musical ambition have started to wane.” —Eric Kohn, IndieWIRE
“The lead singer of iconic female punk rock group, Bikini Kill, and the dance-pop trio Le Tigre, says in-your-face feminism is ever-present today in the wake of her biographical documentary, ‘The Punk Singer'” —Emily Thomas, Huffington Post