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Saint Mulekicker

USA, 1992 (MIFF 1993, Documentary)

Director: Simeon Hunter

Ron Athey is a rising Los Angeles performance artist who presents his disturbing and power­ful S&M-related work in the underground club circuit. The tattoos on Ron's body, inspired by tribal markings and other religious imagery, are reference to stages in his life, from his childhood in a Latino neighbourhood, through his years of drug addiction and punk rock, to his present involvement in the 'Modern Primi­tive' movement in LA. This self-narrated doc­umentary is a complex account of an individual contending with the extremes of human experience.

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