2014 Film Presentations

Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer

Directed by Mike Lerner, Maxim Pozdorovkin

The documentary tells us the story of the feminist art collective Pussy Riot that participated in a 40-second “punk prayer protest” on the altar of Moscow’s Christ the Savior. Nadia, Masha and Katia (Pussy Riot) were detained and accused of religious hatred and disruption of public order in a trial that resonated around the world and transformed the Russian society. They were sentenced to two years at a labor camp. However they are continuing their legal crusade. Organizations like Amnesty International and many celebrities spoke out in support of their cause and freedom of speech worldwide.

Pussy Riot: A punker Prayer tells their story with the exclusive interviews and unprecedented access to courtroom footage and reveals the real people behind the balaclavas. The film is mixing both farce and tragedy and shows how Pussy Riot challenged and fought the system determined to make an example of them.

“The story of Pussy Riot is about a lot of things: politics, religion, national identity, gender equality, the nature of freedom and the enduring power of punk rock.” – Mike Lerner

For more information - http://www.hbo.com/documentaries/pussy-riot-a-punk-prayer

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