After the trauma, turmoil, and dislocation of war, how does one begin to pick up the pieces and heal? In 2010, Syrian-Canadian filmmaker Amar Chebib headed to Syria, just months before chaos broke out, to film a short documentary about traditional Sufi music. Five years later, the friends he encountered on his trip are dispersed around Europe, and have become refugees like so many others who were forced to flee Aleppo.
Queercore: How to Punk a Revolution is a story about music, sexuality, and politics that is not afraid to ask the hard questions. Has gay culture lost its roots and vitality by trying to be like mainstream society?
Before Burning Man, Coachella, or Lollapalooza, there was the Desolation Center.A far cry from the alt-chic and nouveau riche nature of its many successors, the “desert shows” put on by the anarchist group were not so much festivals, but gathering grounds for punks and other outcasts who found themselves in Los Angeles in the early 1980s.
In the late 1960s, record store owner-turned-music producer Amha Eshete noticed something strange—there was no Ethiopian music being produced and sold in his country. Herein began the birth of recorded Ethiopian music, imbued with the flavours of funk, soul and jazz.