Pussy Riot - A Punk Prayer

Overview

Vladimir Putin was re-elected president of Russia in a contentious election in late 2011, and while he has been a popular leader, he has also been widely criticized for official corruption, a dictatorial approach to governing, a de-emphasis on human rights, and his alliances with the Russian Orthodox Church to promote a conservative and nationalistic world view. Among those who object to Putin's polices are Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich, three young women who are members of a ...
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Overview

Vladimir Putin was re-elected president of Russia in a contentious election in late 2011, and while he has been a popular leader, he has also been widely criticized for official corruption, a dictatorial approach to governing, a de-emphasis on human rights, and his alliances with the Russian Orthodox Church to promote a conservative and nationalistic world view. Among those who object to Putin's polices are Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich, three young women who are members of a Russian punk rock band called Pussy Riot. Performing in jumpers and ski masks and occasionally staging events that resemble performance art more than a rock show, the all-female Pussy Riot are unabashed leftist activists, embracing the slogans "Kill All Sexists," "Kill All Conformists," and "Kill All Putin-ness." On February 21, 2012, the members of Pussy Riot entered Moscow's Christ the Savior Cathedral during a service and staged a brief performance in which they performed an anti-Putin song and shouted, "Mother Mary, Banish Putin!" The song lasted less than two minutes, but Russian officials chose to aggressively prosecute the group, and Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina were each sentenced to two years behind bars for "violating the right to worship." The trial polarized Russian citizens, and made Pussy Riot a cause célèbre around the world. Filmmakers Mike Lerner and Maxim Pozdorovkin profile the women behind the controversy and chronicle the events that made them unlikely heroes to proponents of free speech in the documentary Pussy Riot -- A Punk Prayer. The film received its world premiere at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Skype Q&A with Katya Samutsevich ; Trailer
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/11/2014
  • UPC: 025192215230
  • Original Release: 2013
  • Rating:

  • Source: New Video Group
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Color
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Time: 1:28:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 20,039

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Nadezhda Tolokonnikova
Maria Alyokhina
Yekaterina Samutsevich
Pussy Riot Participant
Technical Credits
Mike Lerner Director, Producer
Maxim Pozdorovkin Director, Producer
Simon Barker Editor
Antony Butts Cinematographer
Maxyne Franklin Executive Producer
Nick Fraser Executive Producer
Xenia Grubstein Associate Producer
Martin Herring Executive Producer
Janet Knipe Associate Producer
Havana Marking Executive Producer
Mette Hoffman Meyer Executive Producer
Peaches Score Composer
Pussy Riot Score Composer
Nick Quested Executive Producer
Simon Russell Score Composer
Kate Townsend Executive Producer
Esteban Uyarra Editor
Pax Wasserman Editor
Pax Wassermann Editor
Christina Willoughby Executive Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer
1. Opening [8:48]
2. 6 Months Before Arrest [9:50]
3. Bail Hearing [7:59]
4. Supporters And Opponents [12:04]
5. Four Months After Arrest [3:38]
6. First Day Of Trial [11:08]
7. Defense [8:17]
8. Prosecution [4:45]
9. World Protesting [1:33]
10. Last Day Of Trial [10:26]
11. Verdict [3:50]
12. Appeal [9:36]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer
   Play Film
   Scenes
   Extras
      Sheffield Skype Q&A With Katya Samutsevich
      Trailer
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