Wednesday, February 4, 2009

GIRLS ROCK the Movie Available on DVD now

My daughter and I saw GIRLS ROCK, the Movie, at the Wisconsin Film Festival last April. It was the best, most important movie that I have ever taken her to see.

"you'll need a hanky and your Joan Jett lighter when watching 'Girls Rock!'" -Bust Magazine

I advise you to get a copy for the little girls and the big girls in your life. It is amazing and empowering. Here's a short review.

At Rock 'n' Roll Camp, girls ranging in age from eight to 18 are taught that it's OK to sweat like a pig, scream like a banshee, wail on their instruments with complete and utter abandon, and that "it is 100% okay to be exactly who you are." The girls have a week to select a band, an instrument they may have never played before, and write a song. In between, they are taught by indie rock chicks such as Carrie Brownstein from Sleater-Kinney various lessons of empowerment from self-defense to anger management. At the end of the week, all the bands perform a concert for over 700 people. The film follows several campers: Laura, a Korean adoptee obsessed by death metal; Misty, who is emerging from a life of meth addiction, homelessness and gang activity; and Amelia, an eight-year-old who writes experimental rock songs about her dog Pipi. What happens to the girls as they are given a temporary reprieve from being sexualized, analyzed and pressured to conform is truly moving and revolutionary. (Hot Docs)

The movie is FINALLY available on DVD here:

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