The other night, I watched the documentary Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer, which was riveting from beginning to end. It did make me wonder, when will the oppression of women ever end? It is very inspiring to see humans stand up for what they believe in against all odds. As most of you know, Pussy Riot has been freed, but this is still a very compelling film that tells their story!
It has been said that the chains have been taken off of the bodies of the black community, only to be put on their minds. This fact can be seen by the nationwide epidemic of black on black violence. One city that can be considered the murder capital is Chicago, aka “Chiraq,” which saw over 500 violent deaths of black youth in 2012. Out of all of this pain, the city has been a hotbed for up and coming hip hop artists. WSHH has created a new documentary entitled The Field: Chicago that takes an in-depth look at why this place fosters the violence it does. It should be said that CVLT Nation does not condone all of the lyrics or language that you will hear in this film, but we do think it should be watched to help understand a problem that affects us all in some way! At the end of the day, the prison industrial complex loves all of this self-hatred, violence and crime, because it’s good for business!
As a parent, the worst thing I can think of is my children becoming really sick and doctors telling me that they had to undergo some painful and risky treatment. I know I would do everything in my power to make sure that they had an alternative way of getting better! Some parents of children with serious illness are using medical marijuana as a way of helping their children, with great and astonishing results. Check out this new Vice documentary Stoned Kids that sheds light on this subject!
My Dad, the Serial Killer is a documentary about what happens to the the Levi Bellfield family after he is found guilty of murder. This focuses on Bobbie Louise, his eldest daughter, and how she deals with the demons of her father. I have seen other documentaries about Levi Bellfield, but this is interesting because it’s coming from his kid’s point of view.
In 2008, Levi Bellfield was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murders of two women and the attempted murder of a third. His unsuspecting family were left to pick up the pieces of their shattered lives.
This documentary follows Bellfield’s eldest daughter Bobbie-Louise as she approaches her 18th birthday hoping for a future free from the burden of her father. Though free from guilt for any of Bellfield’s crimes, the family was vilified by the community and the children were bullied at school. They recall the years being victim to their father’s abusive and often strange behaviour.
Since the devastating shock of their father’s crimes, the family have changed their name and their appearances in an effort to get on with their lives. But how easy is it to escape the shadow of their father’s crimes? Channel 4
For many different reasons, the first DANZIG album is my favorite of their work. If you are a fan of this band, then DANZIG – VHS is a must-see for you. This film captures the band on stage and behind the scenes…This is when they still had punks in the group and is definitely their best line-up!
Check out this very rare documentary The Power Of The Witch from 1971. This film was only aired once and not very much is known about it. This an interesting look at the British occult world during the 70′s.
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When AMC’s Breaking Bad premiered in 2008, one of Alabama’s most successful meth cook was already knee deep in building one of the biggest meth empires the state would ever see. His name? Walter White. In this documentary, Walter tell us the secret behind his product, how he stacked up thousands of dollars per day, and why his partner is now serving two life sentences.
Snap…Hip-Hop is in the place to be! The connection between the early punk movement and the early hip hop movement has been well documented. Growing up in California, I saw first hand how hardcore kids embraced rap. All you have to do is go back to the first Youth Brigade album and peep their attempt at creating a hip hop jam. Many documentaries have been made about the history of the rebel music from South Bronx, but Beat this!: a Hip-Hop History is by far the best. You can smell the funk of NYC jumping out of the screen, plus it’s rad seeing some off the chain style from back in the day! Rock out to the funky beat and peep this film!
While I lived in San Francisco in 1984, I ran with a close knit crew of weirdos, both punks and metal heads. The interesting thing is that we didn’t treat the kids who lived on the street any different from those that had homes. There was a strong sense of sisterhood and brotherhood that bonded us all, and we always had each other backs. When I watch the 1988 documentary SADOBABIES it hits home, because that could be me or my homies. This film follows some Bay Area punks as they go through their daily lives. I’m glad that films like SADOBABIES were made, because they offer a look at a world that was underground and underrepresented or misrepresented in mainstream culture. A interesting fact is that many of the kids in this documentary are now dead. I can relate to that, since many of my friends from that era are now dead as well. Check out the film SADOBABIES – it gives a voice to kids that society wanted to dispose of!