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Pokazatelnyy protsess: Istoriya Pussy Riot (2013)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Biography, Crime | 5 July 2013 (UK)
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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 ... See full summary »
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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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Get all the details of the Pussy Riot controversy
19 April 2013 | by prettycleverfilmgalSee all my reviews

It's challenging for North Americans to grasp that there's still danger in speaking your mind in many places in the world. So while we all knew of Russian punk collective Pussy Riot and we all heard about the arrest and prosecution of three of its members after an impromptu performance of "Punk Prayer – Mother of God, Chase Putin Away!" on the soleas of Moscow's Cathedral of Christ the Savior, we might have been left a little befuddled about the exact magnitude of the uproar. The documentary Pussy Riot – A Punk Prayer, from directors Mike Lerner and Maksim Pozdorovkin, goes a very long way in casting light on the situation.

The power of "punk" is hackneyed in the West by now, but Pussy Riot and members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina, Yekaterina Samutsevich prove that in the more repressive areas of the world it still has the power to provoke. And while the women of Pussy Riot became a cause célèbre in the West, with such supporters as Madonna, Yoko Ono, and Amnesty International, we learn from Pussy Riot – A Punk Prayer that the opinion of the Russian public was far more complicated and divided. While there's no doubt where the bias of this doc lies, the directors do an admirable job of documenting the turmoil surrounding three young women who stand on the courage of their convictions.

Pussy Riot – A Punk Prayer is one to see. If you're not lucky enough to be in Toronto during HotDocs 13 or you can't score a ticket to any of the 3 screenings, HBO has bought the film and announced plans to air it June 2013.

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