Dirs. James June Schneider, Paul Bishow, Sam Lavine, 2019, US, 88 min
When punk rock exploded in Washington D.C., it was a mighty convergence of powerful music, friendships, and clear minds. PUNK THE CAPITAL explores the transformative period when punk took root in D.C. (1976 to 1983), placing D.C. punk within the larger narratives of punk and rock n' roll. It takes us to the heart of why both the sounds and ideas from this unique music scene continue to influence and inspire around the world. With a focus on bands such as Bad Brains, Minor Threat, and The Slickee Boys and featuring scene stars such as Henry Rollins, Ian MacKaye and Cynthia Connolly, the film creates a portrait of an incendiary movement that not only redefined a musical genre but launched a model for DIY culture and political engagement still very much in action today.
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