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Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer (2013)

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 ... Herself
Mariya Alyokhina ... Herself
Yekaterina Samutsevich ... Herself
Andrey Tolokonnikov Andrey Tolokonnikov ... Himself
Natalia Alyokhina Natalia Alyokhina ... Herself
Stanislav Samutsevich Stanislav Samutsevich ... Himself
Pyotr Verzilov Pyotr Verzilov ... Himself
Mark Feygin Mark Feygin ... Himself
Nikolai Polozov Nikolai Polozov ... Himself
Violetta Volkova Violetta Volkova ... Herself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Vladimir Mikhailovich Gundyayev Vladimir Mikhailovich Gundyayev ... Himself (as Patriarch Kirill)
Irina Khrunova Irina Khrunova ... Herself
Lev Lyapin Lev Lyapin ... Himself, prosecuting lawyer
Madonna ... Herself (archive footage)
Dmitry Medvedev ... Himself (archive footage)


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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Of punk and power.


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As noted by Le Monde, Pussy Riot's actions in the cathedral would be heavily prosecuted in France and most developed democracies in Europe.
1 July 2019 | by random-70778See all my reviews

Contrary to what is promoted in this film, it was not Pussy Riot's critique of religion, or the }patriarchy" that got them into legal trouble in Russia. It was going inside a church, and desecrating it through physical acts. What they got prosecuted for was not a "thought crime" or a free speech crime, but for what would be a prosecutable hate crime in the UK, France, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, the US, Canada, Australia etc.

What a shame. Free speech is important.Free speech that one side or the other consider despicable, discordant or prejudiced, is important to protect. There is nothing wrong with radically attacking through speech or art the ideas or beliefs that people hold. But the "performance art" INSIDE the church by Pussy Riot is not, and never was, the same as Hebdo cartons, or Mapplethorpe's P sschrist. This film is utterly full of false narrative of what happened. Pussy riot could have done the same thing on the public sidewalk outside that church and not been prosecuted. They decided to go in , not leave, even get up on the alter. if you did that in Paris, London, Washington DC you'd go to jail too.

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