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Positive Force: More Than A Witness "30 Years Of Punk Politics In Action (A Film By Robin Bell)" - DVD

Punk activist collective Positive Force DC emerged in 1985, rising from the creative, politically-charged ferment of DC punk's Revolution Summer. Born in a dynamic local scene sparked by Bad Brains, Minor Threat and Rites Of Spring, a handful of young activists also drew inspiration from UK anarcho-punks Crass and the original "Positive Force" band 7 Seconds to become one of the most long-lasting and influential exponents of punk politics. This feature-length film by Robin Bell skillfully mixes rare archival footage (including electrifying live performances from Fugazi, Bikini Kill, Rites Of Spring, Nation Of Ulysses, Anti-Flag and more) with new interviews of key PF activists including co-founder Mark Andersen (co-author of "Dance Of Days") and Jenny Toomey (Simple Machines, Tsunami) as well as supporters such as Ian MacKaye, Jello Biafra, Dave Grohl, Ted Leo, Riot Grrrl co-founders Allison Wolfe and Kathleen Hanna, and many more. Covering a span of 30 years, "Positive Force: More Than A Witness..." documents PF's Reagan-era origins, the creation of its communal house, FBI harassment and the rise of a vibrant underground that burst into the mainstream amid controversy over both the means and the ends of the movement.