Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer

Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer, a film by Mike Lerner and Maxim Pozdorovkin

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Every action has a reaction. Russian President Vladimir Putin was re-elected, the Pussy Riot punk band was formed. Action, reaction. Soon after his re-election, Pussy Riot protested his power by performing at Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Savior. They were stopped by church security officials. A national buzz was stirred up immediately following their arrest. It wasn’t long before musicians around the world were criticizing the Russian government for the treatment of the three women arrested.

From a filmmaking standpoint, Lerner and Pozdorovkin do a wonderful job creating a story around not only the women who are on trial, but the movement itself. Through interviews with the women’s family members we come to better understand the motivation behind Pussy Riot. Each of the women’s stories are fleshed out through archival footage and flashbacks to their past.

This film could be viewed as a powerful piece of propaganda. Or, simply a powerful peace, as the women on trial just wanted to be heard both through their artistic performances as well as throughout their internationally publicized case.

Nadia, Katia, Masha, and began Pussy Riot and the movement it stood for to give voices to the voiceless, and I feel this film honors that sincere belief they represent. With every action, there is a reaction. 

“Open all the doors. Take off your uniforms. Come and taste freedom with us”.

-Nadia

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