Afro-Punk: The Rock 'n' Roll Nigger Experience

Afro-Punk: The Rock 'n' Roll Nigger Experience

Director: James Spooner Cast: Bad Brains, Fishbone, Tamar Kali

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Afro-Punk: The Rock 'n' Roll Nigger Experience

First-time filmmaker James Spooner directed this emotionally incisive look at the experiences of African-Americans in the American punk-rock scene from the late '70s up to the present, as they interact with a subculture that in some ways mirrors their experience of living outside the larger society while choosing to exist as part of an even smaller minority group within the predominately white punk community. Afro-Punk (its original subtitle The Rock 'n' Roll Nigger Experience has been dropped for home-video release, which director Spooner talks about in his director's commentary) has been given a letterboxed transfer to disc in the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.66:1; the film was shot on digital video, and the image quality is generally quite good even if it occasionally betrays the production's low budget. The interviews and performances are in English, with optional subtitles in French and Spanish; the quality of the audio is generally strong, though some interviews suffer from distracting extraneous noise thanks to location recording. Bonus materials include a commentary track in which director James Spooner and Damon Lock (vocalist with the Eternals) talk about the film and the issues raised in it; the disc also features an onscreen interview with Spooner concerning the making of Afro-Punk and the impact following its distribution and release. Other bonus features include performances from several artists featured in the film, a handful of deleted scenes, interview outtakes, and the original theatrical trailer. Spooner's film is a thought-provoking document that examines art, race, and rebellion in America, and this DVD release only adds to the film's quality and impact.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/11/2006
UPC: 0014381322323
Original Release: 2003
Rating: NR
Source: Image Entertainment
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Letterbox]
Time: 1:07:00

Special Features

Deleted scenes; Director's commentary with Damon Locks of The Eternals; Additional interviews; 15-minute interview with the director; Theatrical trailer; Live performances

Cast & Crew

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Afro-Punk
1. Wish I Was White [5:06]
2. Into Punk [3:20]
3. Lifestyle [4:51]
4. The Pit [4:21]
5. DIY Consciousness [2:22]
6. A Phase [3:03]
7. Downtown [6:19]
8. Safe Black [6:51]
9. Dating [3:13]
10. White People [3:33]
11. Black Rock [4:20]
12. Lifelong Commitment [4:20]
13. Make a Change [6:47]
14. Great Experience [2:50]
15. Credits [5:07]

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