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Pussy Riot- - A Punk Prayer (2013)



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Filmed over the course of 6 months, this documentary tells the incredible story of 3 young women: Nadia, Masha and Katia. But who is really on trial in a case that has gripped the nation and the world beyond - young artists or the society they live in? (c) Official FB
Documentary , Musical & Performing Arts , Special Interest
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Critic Reviews for Pussy Riot- - A Punk Prayer

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If you're still getting up to speed on how these Russian balaclava-clad feminists became an international cause célèbre, filmmakers Mike Lerner and Maxim Pozdorovkin offer an entertaining primer ...

Full Review… | February 13, 2014
Toronto Star
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[It's] captivating and profoundly dismaying. If nothing else, you'll run crying with relief into the arms of the U.S. Constitution.

Full Review… | June 10, 2013
Washington Post
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This doc is an answer only to the band's prayers for never-ending publicity.

Full Review… | June 10, 2013
New York Post
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The filmmakers... add a crucial humanizing element, by focusing on the women's conflicted but supportive parents

Full Review… | June 10, 2013
New York Times
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The women of Pussy Riot have an idea of what the new Russia should sound like; Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer shows just how hard it is to make that new world audible.

Full Review… | June 4, 2013
Village Voice
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Even if you may not be putting a Pussy Riot song on your next playlist, there is something so of-the-moment and exciting about the group that "Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer" feels important, if not fully complete.

Full Review… | May 30, 2013
Los Angeles Times
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Audience Reviews for Pussy Riot- - A Punk Prayer


Following the feminist punk group Pussy Riot, this documentary shows their capture and conviction by the Russian government after a protest in a famed cathedral. Originally produced by Roast Beef Productions, and released on HBO, it has brought worldwide attention to the plight of the three women sent to prison for simply stating truths of their country, a place where freedom of speech is easily stifled. Read more at http://www.bluefairyblog.com/reviews/2015/7/21/pussy-riot-a-punk-prayer

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

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Very well rendered & sacinct envelopment of the political prosecuted and their experience with & motivations for their punk feminist art statements & the theocratic fascist ordeal ment to contain them.

Ken Lundgreen
Ken Lundgreen

What the documentary "Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer" does extremely well is going beyond just the facts of the case of three of its members, Maria Alyokhina, Ekaterina Samutsevich & Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, of the title punk band who were jailed in Moscow on charges of hooliganism after a protest song in a Moscow cathedral.(Nadezhda's father is an early front runner for the coolest dad of the 21st century.) That starts with there being not only more people involved in that fateful protest than just those three, but in others in and around Moscow, which also includes the ever popular of kissing of police officers, all the while wearing colorful balaclavas, in response to Vladimir's reelection/stranglehold on power. After which, they returned to their secret headquarters to plot more hijinx. To its credit, "Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer" also captures the anger from the other side of the Russian Orthodox Church which also manages to hang itself with sexism from about the 13th century in its referencing witches and demons that goes beyond just having a problem with the band's name.(Admittedly, though, if you are going to exile them to an island, then Manhattan's really not a bad place.) All of which is in a modern day Russia which only creates disorder by keeping order by force(as one band member put it, the state lost by winning and bringing so much international attention to the case) and that really has to find a better way to balance religion and state for once which was the whole point of the protests in the first place. On another note, I am definitely warming up to Pope Francis the Cool.

Walter M.
Walter M.

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