Presented by DECIBELLE Music and Culture Festival

Friday, September 26, 2008


Rumored to have been descended from Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata, the incredibly magnetic frontwoman of The Gits, Mia Zapata, had a powerful, soulful voice that belied her inherent shyness and distinguished The Gits from other punk bands of her day.

This riveting documentary is part musical history and part murder mystery, brimming with rare performance footage dating from their Antioch College days through their subsequent move to Seattle just before the world’s ears suddenly tuned into the emerging Northwest music scene. The Gits would become an integral and influential part of the milieu if largely unsung in comparison to fellow Seattle bands like Nirvana and Soundgarden. Just as they were about to make it big, the band was dealt a mighty blow with the sudden, violent loss of their friend and band member whose lyrics eerily foreshadowed events to come.

Mia’s murder became a rallying point for Seattle’s music scene. As the investigation ripped through the community with devastating results, many female musicians turned the disempowerment and insecurity they felt into an aggressive rock movement that would resonate with women the world over. The movie is a vibrant celebration of Mia’s life as well as a testament to the band’s greatness as a whole. The interviews of those who knew her reflect the enormous respect and love Mia’s peers had for her and also the sadness over her absence that still haunts them today.

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