Pussy Riot – A Punk Prayer (Pokazatelnyy protsess: Istoriya Pussy Riot)

Documentary | USA 2013 | 86' | Subtitled English

The film about the phenomenon. Had the Russian government abstained from taking performance group Pussy Riot to court for their February 21, 2012, gig in Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Savior, that provocative stand against the intertwining of church and state would probably only have been a matter of local concern. However, the prison sentences for the group turned it into a global media phenomenon. The documentary film, PUSSY RIOT – A PUNK PRAYER, once again recapitulates the entire story in breathless pictures: from the prep phase to the gig itself, to the court proceedings and the verdict, and on to the subsequent revision of the penalty against one of the three defendants. Nadia, Masha, and Katya prove to be eloquent and charismatic young women who came to activism via very different avenues. With their joint action, they might not actually have brought a repressive empire to the point of wavering, but certainly have dealt it a severe PR blow.

Producers
Mike Lerner, Maxim Pozdorovkin
Executive Producers
Martin Herring, Havana Marking, Nick Quested
Directors
Mike Lerner, Maxim Pozdorovkin
Photography
Antony Butts
Editor
Simon Barker, Esteban Uyarra
Music
Simon Russell
Principal Cast
Maria Alyokhina, Natalia Alyokhina, Mark Feygin, Nikolai Polozov

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Selected filmography Mike Lerner

AFGHAN STAR (2009), RAFEA: SOLAR MAMA (2009), THE SQUARE (2013)