Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

Suzi Q

Year: 2019
Language: English
Run Time: 99 minutes

Suzi Q
Suzi Q
Suzi Q
Suzi Q
Suzi Q

More often than not, women are left out of rock ‘n’ roll’s historical narrative, and this icon’s story is no different. Although early musicians such as Sister Rosetta Tharpe helped pave the way for the genre, women in the 50s and 60s were more likely to be singers forced into distinctly feminine roles, rarely playing instruments themselves. But in 1973 a small and spunky chick in a leather jumpsuit shattered all expectations when she burst on stage with her oversized bass and a rip-roaring voice. This trailblazer was none other than Suzi Quatro. From her beginnings in Detroit, to her rise to the top of the Australian and European charts, and even in her role on Happy Days, Quatro helped redefine women’s place in rock. An all-around prolific artist, she has worn many hats as a bassist, frontwoman, songwriter, actress, author, poet, and mother. Throughout the documentary, Quatro reflects on her status as a pioneer and both the positive and negative impact her still-continuing career has had on her personal life. Through concert footage and interviews with Quatro, her collaborators, and the rockstars she inspired—such as Joan Jett and Debbie Harry—SUZI Q crafts a well-deserved tribute to a woman who is constantly moving forward with seemingly endless dedication and vigor. — D.O.

CIFF44 Screenings

Thursday, April 02, 2020 at 4:25 PM

Friday, April 03, 2020 at 9:35 PM

Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at 11:00 AM -
Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at 10:00 PM

Accessibility (?)
Closed Captions: No
Audio Description: No
English Subtitles: No

Women of the World

Music Movies Competition


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Liam Firmager

Liam Firmager, Sara Edwards

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