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Inclusion Film Series Presents: The Punk Syndrome

Posted in: Events | On: September 26th, 2017 | by Bridges To Belonging Waterloo Region

The Waterloo Region Inclusion Film Series presents:

The Punk Syndrome

An event hosted by Bridges to Belonging, and with thanks to our Presenting Sponsor, Menno S Martin Contractor Ltd.

About Us: The Waterloo Region Inclusion Film Series screens films that will inspire, model, or challenge our thinking about what inclusion means. It is a chance for the community to come together and enjoy a film while considering what it means to be included. The Waterloo Region Inclusion Films Series is hosted by, and in support of, Bridges to Belonging.

About the Film

“Like many other punk rockers, Pertti Kurikka, Kari Aalto, Sami Helle, and Toni Valitalo hearken to the sounds of punk’s glory days (Ramones, Sex Pistols, etc.). Ranging in age from 20s to 50s, they play guitar, drums, and bass and sing. They wear leather jackets, drink beer, smoke cigarettes, and generally make a racket. Unlike many other punk rockers, they’re all developmentally disabled – which, in the context of four people trying to collectively write, record, and play live music together, creates a consistently engaging, often hilarious, and frequently inspiring documentary.

As it follows Pertti Kurikan Nimipaivat in gritty, intimate fashion from early rehearsals to cult success, The Punk Syndrome likewise focuses on illuminating disabled peoples’ need for independence and creative outlets, while incisively portraying the complicated bond among the four members.”

Please note that this film is presented in Finnish with English subtitles, and includes mature language and themes.

Please purchase tickets to this event online via Eventbrite, or you can reserve your tickets by calling 519-886-8886 x 2427 or emailing All proceeds will go to support Bridges to Belonging.

Doors open at approximately 6:35; show starts at 6:50. Please note that the theatre has limited seating for wheelchair accessible seats. Please contact us to ensure a space is available.

Special thanks to Menno S. Martin Contractors Ltd. for their sponsorship of the 2017/18 Waterloo Region Inclusion Film Series.

Click here to purchase your tickets.

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