Kathleen Hanna is not a name that may be well known to the mainstream masses -- but as feminist, musician, activist, zine-maker and cofounder of the riot grrrl movement, she's been a key figure in underground culture for decades. Regularly misrepresented -- and often not acknowledged at all -- in punk history, Hanna's continuing legacy is finally given accurate weight and deserved attention in The Punk Singer
, a new documentary examining her life through barrier-breaking bands like Bikini Kill, Le Tigre and the Julie Ruin.
Fellow activist and filmmaker Sini Anderson directs the powerful piece, which walks fans through Hanna's early beginnings as a student at Evergreen State College to her current fight against Lyme Disease. In advance of the film's opening today at the Sie FilmCenter, Westword spoke with Anderson about how she brought Hanna's life to the big screen.
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