Rise Above: The Tribe 8 Documentary | Chicago Reader

Rise Above: The Tribe 8 Documentary

In this routine documentary about the lesbian punk band Tribe 8, director Tracy Flannigan interviews the players about their lives, their sexuality, and their reasons for choosing hardcore punk as a means of expression. Interspersed throughout are clips of the band's raucous stage show, which actually prove far less interesting than the women's genial commentary. It's telling that the only real drama dates to 1994, when Tribe 8 was confronted by a handful of angry feminists at the Michigan Womyn's Music Festival. Apparently the protesters were outraged by the players' onstage shenanigans: performing topless, wearing dildos, flirting with bondage equipment, closing their set with a mock castration. It's a shame they couldn't come up with a few gimmicks to liven things up. 80 min.

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