FANNY: The Right to Rock

Includes Q&A

No Longer Available

Film Info
Country Listing:Canada
Premiere Status:World Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2021
Accessibility:Closed Captions
Program Category:Persister
Film Subjects:American Culture & Issues
Musicians & Performers
Popular Culture
Women & Women's Stories
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Bobbi Jo Hart
Producer(s):Bobbi Jo Hart
Robbie Hart
Executive Producer(s):Katherine Buck
Bobbi Jo Hart
Anne Pick
Catherine Bainbridge
Ina Fichman
Randy Lennox
Glen Salzman
Writer(s):Bobbi Jo Hart
Editor(s):Catherine Legault
Cinematography:Claire Sanford
Sam Trudelle
Naomi Ture
Composer:Daniel Toussaint
Sound Mix:Daniel Toussaint
Animation:Kara Blake


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Winner—Rogers Audience Award

Persister: Women speaking up and being heard

Sometime in the 1960s, in sunny Sacramento, two Filipina-American sisters got together to play music. Little did they know their garage rock band would evolve into the legendary Fanny, the first all-woman band to release an LP with a major record label. Despite recording a handful of albums and amassing a dedicated fan base that included music legend David Bowie, the band all but disappeared from the records of music history. This documentary not only tells the story of the band's rocking past, but also documents its next chapter: now in their 60s, the bandmates are recording a new album. The film includes interviews with a large cadre of music icons, including Bonnie Raitt, Def Leppard's Joe Elliott and the Go-Go's Kathy Valentine. Fighting early barriers of race, gender and sexuality in the music industry, the women of Fanny are ready to take their place in the halls of rock 'n' roll fame. Aisha Jamal

Co-presented with Girls Rock Camp Toronto

Persister program presented in partnership with Oxfam Canada
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  • Variety - Honoring Forgotten Female Rockers of the Early 1970s
  • Rolling Stone - Joe Elliot, Bonnie Raitt, Cherie Currie Talk Fanny's Influence in New Doc
  • exclaim - Fanny: The Right to Rock Celebrates the Past but Gets Stuck in the Present
  • She Does the CityINTERVIEW with director Bobbi Jo Hart
  • POV Magazine - "Shedding light on a subject that made history and deserves to be celebrated." 
  • CBC Radio: Q - INTERVIEW with lead guitarist of FANNY June Millington

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