Pussy riot: A punk prayer (Pokazatelnyy protsess: Istoriya Pussy riot)

Russia and Vlademir Putin have certainly been in the news these days and any film that can inform us is welcome. The Pussy Riot is a female punk rock group who put on guerrilla performances. They do that as a protest against Putin and his regime. After a performance in a cathedral, three of them got arrested on February 21, 2012. In the film they are called Nadia, Masha and Katia. Are those young women so dangerous a threat that during their trial  they have to be put in cages surrounded by a small army of guards? What is Putin afraid of? The parents seem supportive and worried for their daughters. We also meet the lawyers from both sides and the religious leaders from Orthodox churches. Wearing black tank tops and leather coats these religious men look more like they belong to a biker gang and talk and act like rednecks. The film ends at the appeal (one of them was released) and the international outcry. Since then, the two other women were released (just in time for the Olympics games) but later suffered injury in violent attacks. People who will see the film strictly for the music may be disappointed. Instead, see it for an open window into modern of Russia and for the Pussy Riot.

You should know… Although in the film they are called Nadia, Masha and Katia, their actual names are Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina and Yakaterna Samutsevich.

 Rémi-Serge Gratton

Pussy riot: A punk prayer (Pokazatelnyy protsess: Istoriya Pussy riot)

Directed by:
Mike Lerner
Maxim Pozdorovkin
88 min.
Rated 14A
In Russian and English with English subtitles.
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