Punk documentary No Spicy No Fun – Rebel Riot in the UK will premiere at Doc’N’Roll Film Festival on 5th November
Punk has always been aligned with rebellion and dissent, but for some people joining the international DIY punk movement is a choice with serious consequences. As was the case behind the Iron Curtain in the ’80s, living under a dictatorship means that the wrong clothes or hair can lead to beatings or imprisonment. Punk rockers have played a key part in the ongoing protests in Myanmar, especially through the Food Not Bombs group, distributing food. As members of Myanmar band Rebel Riot say:
“We are coming from a fascist country. How can we fight back? We make a shout. Punk says ‘fuck the system, fuck the government’”.
No Spicy No Fun – Rebel Riot in the UK is a documentary that follows The Rebel Riot, a punk band from Yangon formed under the military dictatorship. The 57-minute documentary, directed by Roberta Bononi and Kim Ford, follows the band’s 2017 whistle-stop tour of the UK. As the band unleash their own blend of Buddhism and anarchy on the birthplace of punk rock, we see them shine a light on the hopes and frustrations of a generation of young people in their native country.
Judging from the trailer, it looks like an exhilarating tale of hope, dreams and the international power of punk. Music truly is louder than war.
The film will premiere at the Doc’n Roll Film Festival in Hackney on Friday 5th November
Tickets on sale here
Rebel Riot released a new album this year called One Day and includes a song inspired by the Punk Ethics Punks Against Sweatshops campaign film in 2019.
Words by Nathan Brown. Check out his Louder Than War Author Archive.