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Fanny: The Right to Rock

Fri, Oct 15 / 7pm
Tue, Oct 19 / 7pm
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Wed, Oct 27 / 7pm
Thur, Oct 28 / 9:30pm
Directed by Bobbi Jo Hart
2021, Canada, 96 min

Sometime in the 1960s, in sunny Sacramento, two Filipina-American sisters got together to play music. Little did they know their garage rock band would evolve into the legendary Fanny, the first all-woman band to release an LP with a major record label. Despite recording a handful of albums and amassing a dedicated fan base that included music legend David Bowie, the band all but disappeared from the records of music history. This documentary not only tells the story of the band’s rocking past, but also documents its next chapter: now in their 60s, the bandmates are recording a new album. The film includes interviews with a large cadre of music icons, including Bonnie Raitt, Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott and the Go-Go’s Kathy Valentine. Fighting early barriers of race, gender and sexuality in the music industry, the women of Fanny are ready to take their place in the halls of rock ‘n’ roll fame.  –  Aisha Jamal, Hot Docs International Documentary Festival

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thoroughly engaging thanks to the demonstrable talent and brassy forthrightness of its central personalities.
– Dennis Harvey, Variety
History is written by the victors […] So feisty women — especially women of color and those in the LBGTQ community — must take the reins to help rewrite the history that has excluded them.
– Bobbi Jo Hart, director of Fanny: The Right to Rock
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