...a beguiling, mesmerizing film, because it never settles on a straightforward path. It creates a portrait of the band without revealing the whole picture.
— Kyle Ryan, AV Club
“Though one of the most important punk bands of all time, Fugazi was also one of the most misunderstood during its heyday. For the simplicity of its ethos—cheap shows and albums, a pronounced devotion to the do-it-yourself ethic, aversion to the trappings of the music industry—Fugazi still engendered a lot of questions during its 17-year run, which ended when the band went on hiatus in 2003.
Cohen’s artful film is part tour documentary, part studio diary, part concert film, and part compilation of interviews. Instrument doesn’t simply draw from one tour or one performance, but relies on footage shot over the course of 11 years, from Fugazi’s early days to the peak of its success in the mid-’90s. It’s a beguiling, mesmerizing film because it never settles on a straightforward path. It creates a portrait of the band without revealing the whole picture.” – Kyle Ryan, AV Club
Directed by Jem Cohen