The Punk Syndrome (movie)

Film Screening:

7. February 2014



The Punk Syndrome, a documentary by Jukka Kärkkäinen and Jani-Petteri Passi

Finland, 2012, 85 miuntes


The Punk Syndrome follows a Finnish punk rock band whose members all are learning disabled, living with autism and Down syndrome. The film employs a cinéma vérité style, meaning it doesn’t provide a commentary or explanatory captions to what is seen on screen. The film shows the band members using punk music as an outlet to their frustration with everyday things, such as living in a group home, not being served coffee because of their disability and so on. The film has been said to open a window to the world of the disabled. During the film the band rises from total obscurity to become a small phenomenon and they also get to travel outside Finland. The movie has an upbeat tone.


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