The Punk Singer

A fascinating documentary about the inspirational singer and feminist Kathleen Hanna, ex of cult bands Bikini Kill and Le Tigre, currently fronting The Julie Ruin. The film explores her key role in the Riot Grrrl movement of the early 90s, and as someone who devoured the weekly music papers of the time I enjoyed that trip down memory lane; it also examines her later artistic career, her relationships with peers and Beastie Boy husband Adam Horowitz, and her ongoing battle against late-stage Lyme disease, which I understand as recently as February has caused Hanna to take another career hiatus. In a cruel twist it came to light after the film that director Sini Anderson also suffers from Lyme disease, though she hid the fact from Hanna while making the documentary. Anyway, interviews are interesting, the concert footage new and old is electric. (***½)