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James Spooner
2003
Color
66 minutes
US
English
   

Afro-punk

AFRO-PUNK explores race identity within the punk scene. This film tackles hard questions, such as issues of loneliness, exile, inter-racial dating and black power. We follow the lives of four people who have dedicated themselves to the punk rock lifestyle. They find themselves in conflicting situations, living the dual life of a person of color in a mostly white community. Afro-Punk features performances by Bad Brains, Tamar Kali, Cipher, and Ten Grand. It also contains exclusive interviews by members of Fishbone, 247- spyz, Dead Kennedys, Candiria, Orange 9mm and TV on the Radio to name a few.

Reviews
"A fascinating piece of guerrilla cinema"
- Vibe Magazine

"Has the exhaustive, inviting feel of a punk concert, and in it African-Americans speak about being drawn into the punk world, provisionally an environment for alienated youths to hang out together, and about the oddity of being both accepted and further alienated from other punks and other blacks because punk is viewed as so white."
- The New York Times


Awards
  • Audience Award, Black Harvest Film Festival, 2005
  • Excellence in Documentary Filmmakers, Roxbury Film Festival, 2005


  • Screenings
  • Toronto International Film Festival, 2005
  • Documentary Fortnight Expanded: MoMA's Annual Festival of Nonfiction Film 2007

  • James Spooner
    2003
    Color
    66 minutes
    US
    English

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