In the context of Queer History Month the Schwules Museum and the Archiv der Jugendkulturen will screen the film Queercore: How to Punk a Revolution by Yony Leyser with a closing Q&A and talk about the history and current state of queer subcultures.
Queercore tells the history of loosely connected groups of North American punk artists who, in the 1980s and 90s, put their queer identities at the center of their work. Not only did they push back against the heterosexual male dominated and only latently homophobic punk scene, but also against the overly adjusted gay mainstream.
Leyser key figures of the movement speak for themselves: the filmmaker Bruce LaBruce, the musicians Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth) and Kathleen Hanna (Bikini Kill), their shameless pioneer John Waters – and many more.
Film clips, concert exceprts and recordings of the spectacular actions are what document the diverse works of the scene. Konzertausschnitte und Aufnahmen der spektakulärsten Aktionen dokumentieren das vielschichtige Schaffen der Szene. Leyser’s rousing scene-portrait not only closes a huge gap in non-heterosexual historiography, it’s also a wild appeal against any form of false accommodation.
QUEERCORE: HOW TO PUNK A REVOLUTION
A film by Yony Leyser
US 2017, 83 Min., English with German subtitles
Entry: 4 Euro
Yony Leyser grew up in Chicago and studied screenwriting, film and theater. His films deal with the themes of origin, gender identity, pop and counterculture. “Queercore – How to Punk a Revolution” is his third feature film.
Lisa Schug is a researcher in the Archive of Youth Cultures. She is a collective member of a Berlin DIY Venue and organizes punk concerts here and there. Lisa plays the drums of the post-punk band “Misere” and is co-founder and editor of the queerfeminist heavy metal fanzine “Sycamore”.