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Lydia Lunch: The War Is Never Over
Directed by Beth B • 2019 • United States
LYDIA LUNCH: THE WAR IS NEVER OVER, directed by Beth B, is the first career-spanning documentary retrospective of Lydia Lunch’s confrontational, acerbic, and always electric artistry. As New York City’s preeminent No Wave icon, Lunch has forged a lifetime of music and spoken-word performance devoted to the rights of all women to indulge, seek pleasure, and raise their voices in rage as loud as any man. Through intimate behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with Lunch’s longtime collaborators and colleagues, the film examines Lunch’s work and her quest to empower women to voice the unheard and break the cycle of violence against them. What emerges is a thought-provoking portrait of a fearlessly transgressive artist who has consistently defied patriarchal expectations while forging a vocabulary of rare emotional honesty, philosophy, and humor.