VIFF 2013: Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer

Monday 30th, September 2013 / 17:58

PussyRiotAPunkPrayerRussian feminist punk collective Pussy Riot took over the headlines when they were arrested after a performance in a Russian Orthodox Cathedral with songs criticizing Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Their case has brought international attention to the corruption and oppression of the Russian government.

This film by Mike Lerner and Maxim Pozdorovkin explores Pussy Riot’s message and the implications of the government’s swift and harsh punishment of the three women: Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich.

This film is all the more relevant considering Tolokonnikova’s recent open letter to the press, where she declares a hunger strike in protest of the horrific conditions of her prison work camp, described in detail.

Showing at the Rio Theatre on October 10 at 9:30 p.m. Sponsored by BeatRoute.

By Carly Smith

Alberta

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