JERICHO'S ECHO: PUNK ROCK IN THE HOLY LAND (Elizabeth Nord, Israel/USA). 75 min. Subtitled. Saturday (May 7), midnight. Bloor. Rating: NNN Rating: NNN
Outspoken kids in Propagandhi and Dead Kennedys T-shirts mouth off about suicide bombers, resisting army recruitment and three-chord aggression in Elizabeth Nord 's lo-fi look at the tiny Israeli punk rock scene. The soundtrack is Hebrew hardcore and poppy anthems of alienation, but Nord's focus is less on the music and more on why her articulate subjects embrace punk as a means of protesting the conservative ethos of their homeland. Though she capably shows the diversity of this burgeoning subculture -- the lone right-wing band in a sea of anti-authoritarian leftists is fascinating -- you never get a true feel for the personality of each individual or group.
While the raw DIY aesthetic may not always be pleasant to watch (or listen to), Nord does manage to capture an appropriate video fanzine vibe.