Hot Docs 2013: Pussy Riot – A Punk Prayer

Posted by Brandy Dean April 16, 2013 1 Comment 9387 views

It’s challenging for North Americans to grasp that there’s still danger in speaking your mind in many places in the world. So while we all knew of Russian punk collective Pussy Riot and we all heard about the arrest and prosecution of three of its members  after an impromptu performance of “Punk Prayer – Mother of God, Chase Putin Away!” on the soleas of Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Savior, we might have been left a little befuddled about the exact magnitude of the uproar. The documentary Pussy Riot – A Punk Prayer, from directors Mike Lerner and Maksim Pozdorovkin, goes a very long way in casting light on the situation.

The power of “punk” is hackneyed in the West by now, but Pussy Riot and members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina, Yekaterina Samutsevich prove that in the more repressive areas of the world it still has the power to provoke. And while the women of Pussy Riot became a cause célèbre in the West, with such supporters as Madonna, Yoko Ono, and Amnesty International, we learn from Pussy Riot – A Punk Prayer that the opinion of the Russian public was far more complicated and divided. While there’s no doubt where the bias of this doc lies, the directors do an admirable job of documenting the turmoil surrounding three young women who stand on the courage of their convictions.

Pussy Riot – A Punk Prayer is one to see. If you’re not lucky enough to be in Toronto during HotDocs 13 or you can’t score a ticket to any of the 3 screenings, HBO has bought the film and announced plans to air it June 2013.

Screening Times for Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer

Fri, Apr 26 2:00 PM
Bloor Hot Docs Cinema

Sun, Apr 28 4:30 PM
Isabel Bader Theatre

Sat, May 4 7:00 PM
Scotiabank 3

Gallery of Images from Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer

For more information about Hot Docs 2013 and to purchase tickets, visit http://www.hotdocs.ca/.

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