The Waterloo Region Inclusion Film Series screens films that will inspire, model, or challenge our thinking about what inclusion means. It is a chance for the community to come together and enjoy a film while considering what it means to be included. The Waterloo Region Inclusion Films Series is hosted by, and in support of, Bridges to Belonging.
Film: The Punk Syndrome
Date: Tue, 24 October 2017
Time: 6:45 PM – 9:00 PM EDT
Location: Princess Twin Cinema, 46 King Street North, Waterloo
About the Film
“Like many other punk rockers, Pertti Kurikka, Kari Aalto, Sami Helle, and Toni Valitalo hearken to the sounds of punk’s glory days (Ramones, Sex Pistols, etc.). Ranging in age from 20s to 50s, they play guitar, drums, and bass and sing. They wear leather jackets, drink beer, smoke cigarettes, and generally make a racket. Unlike many other punk rockers, they’re all developmentally disabled – which, in the context of four people trying to collectively write, record, and play live music together, creates a consistently engaging, often hilarious, and frequently inspiring documentary.
As it follows Pertti Kurikan Nimipaivat in gritty, intimate fashion from early rehearsals to cult success, The Punk Syndrome likewise focuses on illuminating disabled peoples’ need for independence and creative outlets, while incisively portraying the complicated bond among the four members.”
Please note that this film is presented in Finnish with English subtitles, and includes mature language and themes.