Everybody's Dying Here | Chicago Reader

Everybody's Dying Here

Ali Gardoki documents the rise and fall of her all-girl band Las Ultrasonicas, part of the nascent Mexico City punk scene. Each player gets a segment to talk obsessively about herself (Gardoki, who came to town to study film, is the least commonplace in her mannerisms and neuroses), and their profiles are intercut with casual analyses of the music underground. Girl bands are still unusual in Mexico, and the women all revel in their rebellious image (though their big anthem is called “Come in My Mouth”). Gardoki's in-your-face approach smacks of reality TV, but whenever she leaves her bandmates behind to wander the streets or visit some underground club, the video provides an unwittingly ironic ethnography of a music whose nationalistic sentiments are overwhelmed by the influence of the U.S. 75 min.

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