Positive Force: More Than A Witness reviewed on SLUG

Positive Force: More Than a Witness: 30 Years of Punk Politics in Action

By Nick Kuzmack
Salt Lake Under Ground (SLUG)

It’s always good to see what is preached in song lyrics, then practiced through example. Director Robin Bell takes the viewer through the extensive history of DC based punk-activist group Positive Force. Bell explores the origins during the Reagan era, the establishment of their communal headquarters, the beginnings of Riot Grrrl, the modern-day controversial affiliation with the mainstream and what it means to be an underground movement. Supporters like Ian MacKaye (Minor Threat, Fugazi), Allison Wolfe (Bratmobile) and Ian F. Svenonius (Nation of Ulysses) lend narratives of their varied experiences with Positive Force. This DVD is also packed with cool bonus features that look into Positive Force’s involvement with groups like the “We Are Family” senior service advocacy group. It also contains sweet music videos from groups like Chumbawamba’s “Rappaport’s Testament: I Never Gave Up” and Anti-Flag’s “You’ve Got to Die for the Government.” There are a lot of films on the gritty, rock n’ roll–inspired lifestyles of punk rockers, but not nearly enough idealize it. It is punk movements like these that inspire viable alternatives and the possibilities of creating a whole new world. So dig this, and be inspired to create something new.

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