Last night I had the pleasure of seeing Amy Oden’s excellent documentary film From the Back of the Room at Seattle’s eclectic and indispensable Northwest Film Forum. As anyone can read on the film’s website, the “documentary chronicles the past 30 years of female involvement in DIY punk, and has interviews with over 30 women from across the country, ages 17 to 40. Race, gender, sexuality, motherhood, class, and activism”
The film is not only a reminder of the efforts and achievements of women in the arts, it is a reminder that everyone can, if they take on the responsibility, assert their place as valid and respectful progenitors and guardians of culture and of each other, and anyone can re-politicize art for social benefit. The pace of our daily lives increases at a cost to our meaningful participation in society. It is good to be reminded however that we are society. We can still be the change we want to see.