Another movie I got to see at SXSW was Punk Syndrome. It’s a documentary about a Finnish punk band called, Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät. The film follows the daily lives of the musicians in the band, who are developmentally delayed. Their developmental delays are not specifically the focus of the movie. Rather the focus is on their daily lives, interactions with each other and with family and caregivers. I think a strength of the film is that it allows the audience to see this group of people in their every day lives– disagreements, falling in love, negotiating, planning and so on– activities to which we can all relate.The film also gives voice to their frustrations as well. They write songs about people’s attitutes towards them and their anger and not being heard or respected. They write about not liking to take baths or about having to have a regular pedicure.
Their website is here, along with lyrics to their songs. Anyway, I loved it– Austin loved it– the film won a SXSW audience award. Check it out if you can.