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Black Punk Weekend Poly Styrene: I Am a Cliché [In-Person Only]
Northwest Film Forum
Seattle, WA
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Black Punk Weekend Poly Styrene: I Am a Cliché [In-Person Only]
Sun Mar 31: 7.00pm PDT

$14 General Admission
$10 Student/Child/Senior
$7 NWFF/SeaDoc Members

Celeste Bell & Paul Sng
United Kingdom
2021
1h 36m
Series - Black Punk Weekend
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(Celeste Bell & Paul Sng, United Kingdom, 2021, 96 min, in English)

Poly Styrene was the first woman of color in the UK to front a successful rock band. She introduced the world to a new sound of rebellion, using her unconventional voice to sing about identity, consumerism, postmodernism, and everything she saw unfolding in late 1970s Britain, with a rare prescience. As the frontwoman of X-Ray Spex, the Anglo-Somali punk musician was also a key inspiration for the riot grrrl and Afropunk movements.

But the late punk maverick didnt just leave behind an immense cultural footprint. She was survived by a daughter, Celeste Bell, who became the unwitting guardian of her mothers legacy and her mothers demons. Misogyny, racism, and mental illness plagued Polys life, while their lasting trauma scarred Celestes childhood and the pairs relationship.

Featuring unseen archival material and rare diary entries narrated by Oscar-nominee Ruth Negga, this documentary follows Celeste as she examines her mothers unopened artistic archive and traverses three continents to better understand Poly the icon and Poly the mother.


 as compelling, mysterious, moving and inspiring as Polys own pop art.  Stephen Troussé, UNCUT

Poly Styrene: I Am A Cliché mixes the personal with the historical to produce a documentary of profound impact and style.  James Hanton, Outtake Mag



*** Public safety notice ***

NWFF patrons will be required to wear masks that cover both nose and mouth while in the building. Disposable masks are available at the door for those who need them. We are not currently checking vaccination cards. Recent variants of COVID-19 readily infect and spread between individuals regardless of vaccination status.

NWFF is adapting to evolving recommendations to protect the public from COVID-19. Read more about their policies regarding cleaning, masks, and capacity limitations at bit.ly/nwffcovidsafety .

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Northwest Film Forum (View)
1515 12th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98122
United States

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Ticketing, concessions, cinemas, restrooms, and our public edit lab are located on Northwest Film Forum's ground floor, which is wheelchair accessible. We have a limited number of assistive listening devices available for programs hosted in our larger theater, Cinema 1. These devices are maintained by the Technical Director, and can be requested at the ticketing and concessions counter. The Forum does NOT have assistive devices for the visually impaired, and is not (yet) a scent-free venue. Our commitment to increasing access for our audiences is ongoing, and we welcome all public input on the subject! If you have additional specific questions about accessibility at our venue, please contact our Patron Services Manager at maria@nwfilmforum.org

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