@ The Plant, 185 Van Horne, Montreal
collective kitchen serving supper at 7 by donation.
drinks for sale. BYOB OK.
screening at 8. films play for an hour and a half.
Punk subcultures stand ironically epitomized by the ubiquitous lyric and slogan 'no future'. A movement that often claims to eschew any designs for the future embraces the irony and stands strong and self-critical on meticulously archived mountains of film and music speaking to and about its members. The works of these ladies and queers ride punk as the very vehicle for their utopian aspirations through the divergent means of documentary and narrative satire. Earnesty and Irony make fine bedfellows in the pairing of these two films.
In their feature documentary Noise and Resistance, directors Julia Ostertag and Francesca Araiza Andrade travel through contemporary European DIY creative scenes. They present an inspiring portrait of community-building amidst the late capitalist consumer society resisted by the film's subjects, who include squatters in Barcelona, anti-fascists in Moscow, Dutch trade unionists, England's Crass collective, queer wagenplatz inhabiters in Berlin, and Swedish girl punk bands.
Jamie Ross and Esther Splett present an anti-civilization, Green Anarchist vision of the world to come in their surrealist fictional short Girls of Prey. In a could-be- soon-to-come place and time, political punks' efforts at building community though parties and identity politics are thwarted by a group of murderous occultists whose utopian goals involve the radical eradication of the human species for its oppression of the greater biotic community. Satirical self-criticism of punk mobilization and resistance couched in a fear-fucking orgy leads us to a familiar conclusion - we're all fucked.