Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer (Pokazatelnyy protsess: Istoriya Pussy Riot)
Russia/ UK 2013, 88 min, Digital, Dir: Mike Lerner, Maxim Pozdorovkin
Russian with English subtitles
Screenings:
  • Friday February 14, 2014 at 9:00PM
  • Saturday February 15, 2014 at 7:00PM
  • Sunday February 16, 2014 at 4:00PM
  • Monday February 17, 2014 at 7:00PM
  • Tuesday February 18, 2014 at 9:30PM
  • Wednesday February 19, 2014 at 7:00PM
  • Thursday February 20, 2014 at 9:30PM

Three young women face seven years in a Russian prison for a satirical performance in a Moscow cathedral. But who is really on trial in a case that has gripped the nation and the world beyond, three young artists or the society they live in? Filmed over the course of six months, Pussy Riot tells the incredible story of three young women: Nadia, Masha and Katia, members of a feminist art collective who performed a 40 second “punk prayer” inside Russia’s main cathedral. This performance led to their arrest on charges of religious hatred and culminated in a trial that has reverberated around the world and transformed the face of Russian society forever. Moving from farce to tragedy and back again, the film explores how political and religious forces contrived to make an example out of three young artists who stepped out of line. With unparalleled access and exclusive footage, this film looks at the real people behind their now famous colourful balaclavas. (Britdoc)

The Amnesty Edmonton chapter will be out in the lobby before and after the 7:00 pm screening on February 15. Where they will feature letters to sign for actions Amnesty International is currently working on in Russia. Click here for more details.

FILM REVIEW "The film is solid journalism and tells its story well. Even if the members of Pussy Riot retired from activism and became homemakers tomorrow, their story would still make for essential viewing given the current atmosphere in Russia, especially with regards to its outrageous anti-gay legislation." Josef Braun -VUE Weekly

FILM REVIEW "Fortunately, this [documentary] feels like a ride-along for a moment in history more than any formal analysis, which is the right way to approach a story that continues to evolve, and shows no signs of drawing to any satisfying close." Katherine Monk -Postmedia News published in the Edmonton Journal

FILM REVIEW "Despite it's few shortcomings, Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer is an important contribution to the ongoing assessment of the current state of Russian society and culture, while pointing out that free speech in the free world is still not universal." Daniel Pratt -Exclaim!

Rating: 18A (18A)
Advisories:
  • Sexual Content
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