Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer (image 1)

There have always been witches who refuse to repent.

Orthodox protestor at Pussy Riot trial

Screened as part of NZIFF 2013

Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer 2013

Pokazatelnyy protsess: Istoriya Pussy Riot

Directed by Maxim Pozdorovkin, Mike Lerner

Close-up view of anti-Putin Russian art/punk/performance troupe Pussy Riot staging their 'interventions’ – and on trial for hooliganism in a Moscow cathedral. “Electrifying.” — Now

Russia / UK In Russian with English subtitles
91 minutes

Directors, Producers

Photography

Antony Butts

Editor

Esteban Uyarra

Music

Simon Russell
,
Pussy Riot

With

Nedezhda Tolokonnikova
,
Mariya Alyokhina
,
Yekaterina Samutsevich

Festivals

Sundance 2013

Elsewhere

Arrested for hooliganism in a central Moscow cathedral, the three members of the Russian art/punk/performance troupe Pussy Riot have remained able to say a great deal more about themselves in public than media coverage generally lets on. While the odds may be totally against them, they stay cool, wily and defiantly clear in their contempt for Putin and arbitrary state authority. Filmmakers Mike Lerner and Maxim Pozdorovkin don’t miss a word. They also meet the women’s parents and other (unapprehended) Pussy Rioters, and capture a few choice words from the Orthodox right.

“Note to authoritarian regimes: don’t mount a show trial if the defendants are more media-savvy than you are. This and about a dozen other ideas – including the value of performance art and the power of Putin – are behind this kick-ass picture about Russian punk band Pussy Riot… Charismatic arrestees Masha, Katia and especially Nadia; and coverage of the trial and demonstrations both for and against Pussy Riot give this doco electrifying energy. See it.” — Susan G. Cole, Now

“They're not John, Paul and Ringo, but Nadia, Masha and Katia — aka Pussy Riot — are now among the most famous rockers in the world. In Pussy Riot – A Punk Prayer, they also appear to be the bravest…

Pussy Riot is a band of self-aware provocateurs (their slogans include ‘Kill All Sexists’, ‘Kill All Conformists’ and ‘Kill All Putin-ness’). The three seem unimpressed when told Madonna has dedicated a song to them during a concert; they're far more interested in launching remarkably articulate defenses of themselves before the Russian court.” — John Anderson, Variety