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Culture Clash/A Strummer's Life? Thanks to vintage BBC radio recordings, the self-anointed "father of punk" in the '70s narrates his own life story in the Julien Temple-directed Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten. In the two-hour doc, the Clash founder explains that his ultra-political lyrics were a by-product of his upbringing as the son of a diplomat, who moved the family from the Middle East to England. Strummer's home videos and cartoons complement interviews of fans like U2's Bono and actor Johnny Depp to depict the singer's wild past before he died in 2002 at age 50 of heart disease. Temple also mixes in Clash tracks like "Rock the Casbah" and "Should I Stay or Should I Go?" to dramatize the piece. The screen lights up at 7 tonight and 9:45 p.m. tomorrow at the Cleveland Cinematheque, 11141 East Boulevard. Tickets are $5 to $8. Call 216-421-7460 or visit www.cia.edu.
Fri., Jan. 11, 7 p.m.; Sat., Jan. 12, 9:45 p.m., 2008

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