2016 Slamdance Film Review: “Los Punks, We Are All We Have”

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By : Alystar McKenneh-O’Neil

Think you know LA?

Director Angela Boatwright unearths a part of Los Angeles culture that most Los Angelinos have never seen because we fly by on the freeway overhead never realizing that just below us, the new generation of angry, hopeless, frustrated kids are desperately seeking acceptance and acknowledgment and finding it when they all come together in the hidden backyards of South Central, under the beam of an LAPD helicopter, with eighty other kids, all slamming into each other to ease the pain.

“Los Punks, We Are All We Have”, is a feature length documentary that exposes the backyard Punk Rock scene in South Central and East Los Angeles.

Director Angela Boatwright seeks out the early players like John Alvarado who reminds us that the Punk Rock movement began as early as 1978-79 with bands like Los Illegals, Strength in Numbers and Black Jax. As a tribute to those early backyard bands, we are introduced to the intimate lives of the new group of Punk Rockers like Nacho Corrupted and Psky ward, coming up through the ranks.

Mostly Latino kids from poor neighborhoods, who feel out of place in a society that mostly ignores them except for the occasional squad of cops who drop in to break up the party.

The bonds formed by the music, the dancing, even the fights, undeniably provide a safe place for the lost. By some accounts it’s the only place where some young people feel accepted being themselves, whether they have nine inch spiked hair, tattoos and piercings or just want to play guitar naked.

Either way, this documentary is an eye opener for anyone who thinks they know LA!

“Los Punks, We Are All We Have” premiered at the 2016 Slamdance Film Festival.

 

Los Punks, We Are All We Have

Director: Angela Boatwright

For more information go to https://www.facebook.com/lospunksfilm/