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141 Ratings


Directed by Jem Cohen
United States, 1999


Filmmaker and photographer Jem Cohen was friendly with band members of Fugazi, and early on began documenting the group’s performances. Instrument was compiled from ten years’ worth of footage of Fugazi on and off stage.

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Instrument Directed by Jem Cohen

Critics reviews

Filled with longueurs and occasionally frustrating in its tendency to cut away from the band’s killer live shows just as momentum builds, the film nonetheless uses these disruptions to capture the band’s life as it was, a blur of strident opinions, careful song-making, and blistering sets, all of which combined to sell the group to listeners in lieu of record company hype or MTV acceptance.
April 09, 2015
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