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March 2, 2016
A modern day story of feminist movement in Russia with political out cries laced with punk rock music. Locked away in prison for speaking their current national truths.
November 7, 2015
Nice documentary. Russians fighting for rights we, as Americans, take for granted and don't think anything about every day......
½ July 20, 2015
The subject matter greatly outweighs the quality of the documentary itself, ergo the mediocre rating.
½ July 13, 2015
It could use a bit more explication on the Russian legal system. That aside, this is a solid documentary delivered from what seems to be a fairly objective perspective.
½ May 20, 2015
Gives great insight into the members on trial and some of the opposition, however an existing understanding of equality, religious and political issues in Russia may be required in order to fully appreciate what these women are doing.
November 3, 2014
Well put together documentary that not only shows this trial but how trials in Russia are run.
September 28, 2014
Toma partido con demasiada claridad
½ August 5, 2014
Punk alive and kicking in Moscow 2013
½ July 6, 2014
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.
½ May 6, 2014
This documentary succeeds because of the lack of editorial bias by the makers. They simply observe what happens, and have no agenda to push.

Still, this does not quite satisfy. Do the members of Pussy Riot seek to generate publicity for themselves through their controversial, provocative acts?

These women came across as smart, and courageous, though.
March 13, 2014
These are important people to pay attention to.
Super Reviewer
January 8, 2014
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.
December 8, 2013
Este interesante documental de HBO nos muestra el fenómeno de Pussy Riot en una acalorada Moscú por la perpetuación en el poder de Putín, y la nefasta influencia de la Iglesia Ortodoxa en la toma de decisiones. Mostrando los eventos que llevaron a su detención, muestra las personas detras de la banda, el complicado juicio y su condena. Muy recomendada.
October 27, 2013
A great documentry about the punk rock band that were incarnated. Its really gripping and i liked the way the stood their ground till the bitter end. I hope they made some sort of difference to the polictal way in Russia
½ October 21, 2013
Everything you ever needed to know about the Pussy Riot saga. You can't help feel that, although this is the story of the protest band, the filmmakers are trying to show you both sides of the story and, although, on paper, you have to disagree with what's going on over in Russia, you can also see that these girls are annoying little brats who are enjoying the attention a little bit too much for my liking.
October 20, 2013
Riveting documentary about the controversial Russian punk band. Not a great deal more is revealed than what has been reported, but it's a great story of injustice and social commentary.
October 14, 2013
Not a documentary that transcends its subject matter; or illuminates new insights, but it is an engaging overview of these three Pussy Riot members' arrest and trials plus a bit of background on the group, the women, and their families.
September 18, 2013
The film fails to educate those outside of Russia the connection between church and state and the feminist plight. Viewers see female police officers, lawyers and judges, thus it is confusing to understand what feminist agenda pussy riot is advocating. Although the film is slightly sympathetic to pussy riot, they also show documentation of two members sexually assaulting female police officers within a context of a prank, or whimsical performance art. According to pussy riot, they seem to say that so long as their intention is artistic, or within their rights to advocate freedom of speech, it is acceptable to kiss others against their will, storm into a church while people are praying peacefully and tell them that God is shit. Pussy riot has some important things to say, and they do so eloquently regarding the justice system which seemed to penalize them more harshly than necessary.
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