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Punk In Africa

HD   NR Closed Captioning

Deon Maas & Keith Jones

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About the Movie

PUNK IN AFRICA is the story of the multi-racial punk movement within the recent political and social upheavals experienced in three Southern African countries: South Africa, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. In these societies, the punk subculture represented a genuinely radical political impulse, playing out against a backdrop of intense political struggle, economic hardship and even civil war. PUNK IN AFRICA traces this until-now untold story from its roots in the underground rock music of early 1970s Johannesburg, the first multi-racial punk bands formed in the wake of the Soweto Uprising and the militant anti-apartheid hardcore and post-punk bands of the 1980s to the rise of celebratory African-inspired ska bands which sprang up from Cape Town to Maputo in the democratic era of the 1990s. Today, an emerging generation of bands continue to draw on this legacy to confront the political challenges of contemporary Zimbabwe and the uncertain identity issues of the Afrikaans minority in South Africa as the scene also begins to spread across the rest of the African continent.

Customer Reviews

Amazing film - the punk rock Searching for Sugarman!

This film hasn't left my head since I saw it at New York Film Festival a couple years ago. Along with featuring incredible music by National Wake and some of the other classic punk bands from South Africa, it tells the story of how music could be used to trigger and motivate an entire movement. You'll learn, you'll laugh, and you'll dance! Watch this NOW!

History of southern Africa with cool soundtrack

So, so, so much more than a music film. This is the history of souther Africa with a very cool soundtrack!! Great bands from the 1970s and 80s onward (great and no one has ever heard of them!) with more recent bands for the past 20 years. You will undoubtably learn something and have a good time.

Who knew?

I have to admit, I never even knew there was a punk movement in Africa. This movie opened my eyes and made me realize how punk helped express feelings of oppression and strife around the world. Fantastic story told by first class filmmakers. Highly recommended!

Punk In Africa
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2013

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