- Awards: Special Prize Swiss Post for Most Innovative Feature Documentary | Films on Art Competition Programme @ New Horizons International Film Festival | Audience Award @ One World Film Festival, Prague | Audience Award @ SXSW Global Section | Special award for passionate optimism and upholding the ideals of humanism in life @ Docudays on Human Rights, Kyiv
The Punk Syndrome is a documentary film about Finnish punk-rock band Pertti Kurikka’s Name Day, formed in 2009 by four developmentally disabled guys. The film follows the band’s journey from their rehearsal room to cult success. It shows the love and hate between the guys, the crying and the laughter.
Loyal to true punk tradition, the band plays loud and harshly, and their lyrics are critical of the surrounding reality: Poverty, housing problems, intoxicants and the attitudes towards disabled are brutally slung to the listener's face. "In The
Parliament, they always talk but you can't understand what they say!"
This is what punk used to be about: misfits screaming their lungs out about real problems. That's why this is the last punk band perhaps in the whole World.