Originally Posted by Genteel Death
Film screening and Q&A
POSITIVE FORCE: MORE THAN A WITNESS
30 Years of Punk Politics In Action
Tuesday 24 June
Bethnal Green Working Men's Club
44-46 Pollard Row, Bethnal Green, E2 6NB | Map
8:00 | Free (donations welcomed)
More Than A Witness: 30 Years of Punk Politics In Action is a feature film about punk activist collective Positive Force DC. We'll be screening it in its 70 minute entirety, followed by a Q&A with PF co-founder, Mark Andersen, co-author of 'Dance of Days'.
Punk activist collective Positive Force DC emerged in 1985, rising from the creative, politically-charged ferment of DC punk's Revolution Summer. Born in a dynamic local scene sparked by Bad Brains, Minor Threat, and Rites of Spring, a handful of young activists also drew inspiration from UK anarcho-punks Crass as well as the band Seven Seconds and the original Positive Force affinity groups in Nevada to become one of the most long-lasting and influential exponents of punk politics.
This feature-length film by Robin Bell skillfully mixes rare archival footage - including electrifying live performances from Fugazi, Bikini Kill, Rites Of Spring, Scream, Beefeater, Nation of Ulysses, Crispus Attucks, Anti-Flag, and The Evens - with new interviews with Mark Andersen, Ian MacKaye, Penny Rimbaud of Crass, Kathleen Hanna, Allison Wolfe, Kevin Seconds, Jenny Toomey, Ted Leo, Dave Grohl, Danbert Nobacon of Chumbawamba and many more.
Covering a span of 30 years, More Than A Witness documents PF's Reagan-era origins, the creation of its communal house, FBI harassment, and the rise of a vibrant underground that burst into the mainstream amidst controversy over both the means and the ends of the movement.
Through it all, Positive Force has persisted, remaining deeply rooted in their hometown, reaching out to those in need and building bridges between diverse communities, while regularly bringing punk protest to the front doors of the powers-that-be. Encompassing an ever-evolving cast of characters, the all-volunteer group has helped to nurture several generations of activists. In the best punk fashion, PF has applied creative DIY tactics and radical critiques to issues of homelessness, hunger, racism, corporate globalization, sexism, homophobia, war, gentrification, and animal/earth liberation, while struggling to constructively address conflicting dynamics and visions within the group itself.