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The Punk Syndrome, Dirs Jukka Kärkkäinen, Jani-Petteri Passi, 2012

The Punk Syndrome

1 Feb 20137 Feb 2013

This likable documentary about a Finnish punk band whose members are all men with learning disabilities opens a window on to another world. - The Guardian
Sensitive and extremely alive to life's amusing idiosyncrasies. - Little White Lies
Warm and funny -  Empire
★★★★ Rough, rousing and raucous rock-doc - Total Film
★★★★ Hugely entertaining, bittersweet Finnish documentary that's simultaneously inspiring, heartbreaking and laugh-out-loud funny. - View London

The Punk Syndrome is about the Finnish punk rock band Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät. Band members Pertti, Kari, Toni and Sami, who all have learning disabilities, play their music with attitude and pride. They laugh, cry, drink and fight over who gets to sit at the front of the tour bus. Their songs are about problems in society, as well as about things they face in everyday life: how going to the pedicurist sucks, and the misery of living in a group home. They give a piece of their minds both to politicians and to people whose attitudes towards those with intellectual disabilities need improvement.

The Punk Syndrome is about the essence of punk. It's a story of disabled people rebelling against the mainstream. This time you're allowed to stare, as the most kick-ass punk band in Finland conquers the world!

Unfortunately the Q&A on Friday 1 February has been cancelled as the band are unable to travel to the UK, but there will be a recorded video message followed by a panel discussion with Andy Markowitz from MusicFilmWeb, journalist Kate Spicer, and Paul Richards who runs the Stay Up Late campaign and was the bass player in Heavy Load.

Dirs Jukka Kärkkäinen, Jani-Petteri Passi, Finland/Norway/Sweden 2012, TBC mins, Finnish with English subs.


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