Unlock to stream instantly
Already unlocked? for access

Give as a gift

Protected ContentThis content can only be viewed in authorized regions: Maryland.
$12After unlocking, you'll have 7 days to start watching. Once you begin, you'll have 24 hours to finish watching. Need help?

The War Is Never Over by Beth B is the first career-spanning documentary retrospective of Lydia Lunch’s confrontational, acerbic and always electric artistry. As New York City’s preeminent No Wave icon from the late 70’s, Lunch has forged a lifetime of music and spoken word performance devoted to the utter right of any woman to indulge, seek pleasure, and to raise voice in a rage as loud as any man. The film frames Lunch’s work through the lens of the various philosophical themes that have obsessed her for years to enlighten and empower women to voice the unheard and to break the cycle of violence toward women throughout the world. Lydia Lunch is the psycho sexual transgressive who revoked patriarchal expectations of what a female performer might mean, while forging a vocabulary of rare emotional honesty, philosophy and humor.


The film includes interviews with Lydia Lunch and longtime collaborators and colleagues including: Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth; performance artist Kembra Pfahler; Teenage Jesus bass player, Jim Sclavunos; Donita Sparks from L7; famed DJ and musician Nicolas Jaar; Art Critic Carlo McCormick; Filmmaker Richard Kern and a long list of other groundbreaking artists connected to Lunch’s past and present. Filming in rehearsal and on tour with her band Retrovirus, the behind-the-scenes footage reveals a side of Lunch’s personality that has been unseen. Her warmth and generosity in private interactions along with hilarious banter in the rehearsal studio with band members contrasts wonderfully with her brash, assaultive style of performance. The film is not only about Lunch, but about the scene that she helped spawn, continues to grow and influence, and the creative people who join her in creating a new vision of woman.

  • Year
    2021
  • Runtime
    77 minutes
  • Language
    English
  • Country
    United States
  • Note
    Content Consideration: Incidents of nudity and strong language
  • Director
    Beth B
  • Producer
    Beth B
  • Executive Producer
    Beth B, Amanda Kelso
  • Co-Producer
    Kathleen Fox
  • Cast
    Lydia Lunch, Thurston Moore, Kembra Pfahler, Nicolas Jaar, Donita Sparks, Richard Kern
  • Cinematographer
    Peter Gordon Beth B
  • Editor
    Beth B