Filmmaker Sini Anderson talks ‘The Punk Singer’

Filmmaker Sini Anderson recently spoke with “Breakthrough Entertainment” about her new documentary “The Punk Singer.”

In “The Punk Singer,” which opens Friday, Dec. 13, Anderson takes a look at the life of activist, musician and cultural icon Kathleen Hanna, who formed the punk band Bikini Kill and pioneered the “riot grrrl” movement of the 1990s.

Listen to “Breakthrough Entertainment’s” full interview with Anderson by clicking HERE. The following is an excerpt from the interview in which the filmmaker discusses what she hopes viewers take away from watching “The Punk Singer.”

There is a scene where [Kathleen] says, ‘I have no idea what my life is about.’ And that was shocking to all of us who love Kathleen and are very inspired by her work. To hear her genuinely say that was super surprising. And she was also super humble about it. She is a very humble person. She was kind of figuring it out as she was talking about it. It was kind of perfect that that was actually our last day of filming and we were asking those questions and coming to those conclusions.

I just hope that [‘The Punk Singer’] inspires people to action. I think that there is a lot of isolation that we all experience and I think that that isolation can become a little bit paralyzing. If we are brave enough to open up and share with our peers and people that we can trust what is really going on with us, we have an opportunity to actually make something great about that and be of service to other people.

That is super important that is the kind of art that moves me the most – when people are being really honest. I feel like people are walking away after seeing ‘The Punk Singer’ feeling a little more willing to be open about where they are actually at or what their struggles have actually been. To feel like you are in a good place with that is actually empowering. I feel like there is a lot of power in vulnerability. So I hope that people feel empowered to just be a little more honest and feel less alone through doing that.” – Sini Anderson

Joseph J. Airdo

Joseph J. Airdo is a film critic, producer and on-air personality for Breakthrough Entertainment, a talk radio show airing 10-11 a.m. Saturdays on KPHX 1480 AM and that shines a spotlight on the practical perspectives of the topics and themes explored in movies. He has a pet duck named Frozen who is as opinionated about movies as he is. E-mail him at

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