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Sundance Film Festival to Feature Pussy Riot Documentary

29. November 2012 by Dasha 0 Comments

The 2013 Sundance Film Festival will feature Pussy Riot – A Punk Prayer, a documentary about the arrest and trial of Russia’s infamous female punk band.

“Three young women face seven years in a Russian prison for a satirical performance in a Moscow cathedral,” reads a synopsis on Sundance.org. “But who is really on trial: the three young artists or the society they live in?”

Directed by Mike Lerner and Maxim Pozdorovkin, Pussy Riot – A Punk Prayer is one of 12 films selected to compete in the World Cinema Documentary Competition.

In March, Russian officials arrested three members of Pussy Riot after the group staged a performance against Russian President Vladimir Putin at Moscow's Cathedral of Christ the Savior (video below). Charged and convicted of hooliganism, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina, and Yekaterina Samutsevich were each sentenced to two years in prison, though Samutsevich was eventually freed on probation. Alyokhina and Tolokonnikova went to separate prison camps late last month.

The band's trial and subsequent convictions sparked outrage around the world, prompting artists like Paul McCartney, Madonna, and Red Hot Chili Peppers to speak out on Pussy Riot's behalf. Putin remains unmoved, however, stating the women "undermined the moral foundations" of the nation and "got what they deserved.”

The Sundance Film Festival runs in Utah from January 17th – 27th.  No word on when Pussy Riot – A Punk Prayer will make its world debut.




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