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Exploring Extreme Music and Marginalized Communities Bibilography

This LibGuide is a American Libraries Association Carnegie-Whitney grant-funded bibliography that examines extreme music written by and about marginalized communities, such as women, people of color, and individuals that identify as LGBTQ+.


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  • Anarchy in the Philippines
    Short film that looks at punk and related activism in the Philippines in the late 2010s.
    Directed by: Jess Kohl

  • Death Metal Angola
    A documentary that explores how Sonia and Wilker, an Angolan couple, uses death metal to heal from the ravages of the Angolan civil war.

    Directed by: Jeremy Xido

  • Los Punks
    A documentary film directed by photographer Angela Boatright that examines the East Los Angeles Latino punk scene in the mid 2000s. Hyperlinked film is the introduction of the film.
    Directed by: Angela Boatright

  • March of the Gods: Botswana Metalheads
    This is a documentary that explores how heavy metal transcends culture and specifically looks at the metal scene in Botswana.
    Directed by: Raffaele Mosca

  • Metal Islands
    This documentary examines history, politics, and culture in the Caribbean islands.

    Directed by: Nelson Varas-Díaz

  • Pussy Riot
    Documentary film that looks at the trial of Pussy Riot, an all-female Russian punk band that gained attention when they were arrested for performing inside a Moscow cathedral. The film interviews band members, politicians, activists, and musicians that called for the band's release.
    Directed by: Mike Lerner

  • Queercore: How to Punk a Revolution
    A documentary that examines the participation of LGBTQ community members in punk scenes of North America. The film provides historical context of lesbians and gays and how they were considered fringe in the punk scene in late 70s/early 80s Toronto, to more acceptance in the post-grunge mid-90s scenes of San Francisco and Los Angeles. The film highlights zines, experimental films, and interviews with influential musicians from queercore and riot grrrl genres. See the accompanying book.
    Directed by: Yony Leyser