Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer (SIFF 2013)

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What I liked: Really great introduction to the Pussy Riot band/feminist movement and their early actions in Russia. Fantastic collection of actual courtroom footage of the trial/appeals of three members, as well as community reaction to their situation.

What I didn’t like: Nothing. This was a great documentary that provides some education on the fuel for Pussy Riot’s fire and brings their message and revolution to the world stage.

Final Verdict: Great documentary. Highly recommended!

Provided Film Synopsis
On February 21, 2012, five young women from the Russian feminist punk-rock art collective Pussy Riot, known for their guerrilla-style protest performances, rushed the altar of a venerated Russian Orthodox Cathedral in the heart of Moscow. Wearing colorful ski masks and balaclavas, they began a satirical "punk prayer" in protest of the inequities of Putin's Russia. They only performed 40 seconds before being pulled off stage, and three members - Nadia, Masha, and Katia - were incarcerated without bail, put on trial for "hooliganism," and sentenced to prison. Initially there was little support for these idealistic young activists, but thanks to their YouTube video international awareness began to grow, transforming them into human rights icons. Academy Award®-nominated producer Mike Lerner (Hell and Back Again) and Russian collaborator Maxim Pozdorovkin tell this story - one that veers from farce to tragedy - with courtroom footage highlighting the trial's bizarre twists and interviews with families and friends. The result is an inspirational story revealing how even a small act of protest can have repercussions around the world, told with the same punk spirit that the growing Pussy Riot movement represents.

Movie Details

  • Directed By:

    • Maxim Pozdorovkin
    • Mike Lerner
  • Cast Members:

    • Ekaterina Samutsevich
    • Mariya Alyokhina
    • Nadezhda Tolokonnikova
  • Countries:

    • Russia
  • Languages:

    • Russian
  • Genres:

    • Documentary
    • Show Me the World
    • Social Issues