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Rise Above: The Tribe 8 Documentary (2004)

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Slade Bellum ...
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Lynn Breedlove ...
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Leslie Mah ...
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Jen Schwartz ...
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Lesbian punk-rock band documentary
17 July 2006 | by (San Jose) – See all my reviews

An interesting documentary about the San-Francisco-based lesbian punk-rock band Tribe 8.

Technically, it's a bit rough-edged (it was shot on 16 mm film), but the stories of the various band members are of interest, and are at times quite moving.

There's quite a bit of performance footage (shot in San Francisco and New York, enlivened by frequent toplessness and occasional dildo-flaunting), interspersed with quite a bit of head-shot interview footage. A fair chunk of the film deals with the positive and negative ways that the band's philosophy was received by feminists at a women's conference in Michigan.

For me, it was an interesting look into a world that was previously not on my radar screen. What might at first seem like a glamorous scene proves to be a tough life filled with economic and emotional hardship.

Rise Above's modest production values are more than offset by its compelling subject mater.


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