Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer

Saturday 03 August
10:30pm
Screen 2

Russia
2013
86 mins
Director: Mike Lerner, Maxim Pozdorovkin

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On February 21, 2012, Pussy Riot, the Russian feminist punk-rock group, staged a performance in Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. Three members of the group, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich were arrested and tried in court and convicted of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred.

Having received astonishing access to the Russian legal system, this documentary takes us right into the court room as these three young women argue their case against Putin’s government and the oppressive Russian society.

Featuring interviews given by the parents of the three defendants and vox pops from the Russian public about the group and their actions, Lerner and Pozdorovkin present us with a thrilling albeit unashamedly biased account of the events that have grabbed the world’s attention and divided a nation.