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Pussy Riot - A Punk Prayer (2013)

Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer (original title)
Not Rated | | Documentary, Biography, Crime | 5 July 2013 (UK)
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Follows the court case of three members of the Russian feminist punk protest group Pussy Riot after their performance in a Russian Orthodox cathedral.
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Credited cast:
Nadezhda Tolokonnikova ... Self
Mariya Alyokhina ... Self
Yekaterina Samutsevich ... Self
Andrey Tolokonnikov Andrey Tolokonnikov ... Self
Natalia Alyokhina Natalia Alyokhina ... Self
Stanislav Samutsevich Stanislav Samutsevich ... Self
Pyotr Verzilov Pyotr Verzilov ... Self
Mark Feygin Mark Feygin ... Self
Nikolai Polozov Nikolai Polozov ... Self
Violetta Volkova Violetta Volkova ... Self
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Vladimir Mikhailovich Gundyayev Vladimir Mikhailovich Gundyayev ... Self (as Patriarch Kirill)
Irina Khrunova Irina Khrunova ... Self
Lev Lyapin Lev Lyapin ... Self - prosecuting lawyer
Madonna ... Self (archive footage)
Dmitry Medvedev ... Self (archive footage)
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Three young women face seven years in a Russian prison for a satirical performance in a Moscow cathedral. But who is really on trial in a case that has gripped the nation and the world beyond, three young artists or the society they live in? Written by Anonymous

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An Important Examination at the Deterioration of Democracy in Putin's Russia
14 March 2013 | by JustCuriositySee all my reviews

Pussy Riot seemed to be well-received at Austin's SXSW Film Festival. While many people had seen news reports about the arrest and trial of these three young women who are part of Pussy Riot – described as a feminist punk-rock collective – this documentary provides much more detail on these events. The film is informative as it examines how they were tried essentially a hate crime for performing a highly offensive song at Moscow's Cathedral of Christ the Savior on February 21, 2012. The trial was somewhat similar to a trial for blasphemy. The film was interesting and informative, but not terribly creative as a documentary film. Much of the film was simply edited tapes of the trial coverage and other secondary news coverage. There was some background material on the young women and interviews with their parents to provide some context for the events. I would say that the events themselves were more inherently interesting than the filmmakers' treatment of them. Still, since the film has been picked up by HBO it appears that many more Americans will get a chance to learn about this Moscow Show Trial and the tragic deterioration of Russian democracy under Vladimir Putin that this trial serves to demonstrate. Certainly, these brave young women deserve our sincere praise and respect for their efforts to promote freedom in Russia.

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