Girls Rock!

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Girls Rock!
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Girls Rock! film poster
Directed by Arne Johnson
Shane King
Produced by Arne Johnson
Cinematography Shane King
Edited by Diana J. Brodie
Arne Johnson
Shane King
Distributed by Shadow Distribution
Release date
  • April 21, 2007 (2007-04-21) (Toronto Hot Docs Film Festival)
  • March 7, 2008 (2008-03-07) (United States)
Running time
90 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Girls Rock! is a 2007 documentary film that follows four 8-18-year-old girls at the Rock and Roll Camp for Girls in Portland, Oregon, United States.

At Rock and Roll Camp, girls ranging in age from eight to 18 are taught that "it is 100% okay to be exactly who you are." The girls have a week to select a band, an instrument they may have never played before, and write a song. In between, they are taught by indie rock stars such as Carrie Brownstein from Sleater-Kinney various lessons of empowerment from self-defense to anger management. At the end of the week, all the bands perform a concert for over 700 people. The film follows several campers: Laura, a Korean adoptee obsessed with death metal; Misty, who is emerging from a life of meth addiction, homelessness and gang activity; and Amelia, an eight-year-old who writes experimental rock songs about her dog Pipi.

The film ultimately explores what happens to the girls as they are given a temporary reprieve from being sexualized, analyzed, and pressured to conform.


The movie opened in the following cities on March 7, 2008: New York, Los Angeles, Portland, Seattle, San Francisco, Berkeley, Chicago.

Critical reception[edit]

The film received generally favorable reviews from critics. As of March 7, 2008, the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported that 78% of critics gave the film positive reviews, based on nine reviews.[1] Metacritic reported the film had an average score of 62 out of 100, based on 7 reviews.[2]


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