CUFF DOCS PREVIEW: PUSSY RIOT – A PUNK PRAYER

86 min./UK/2013/Russian with English Subtitles

Directed by Mike Lerner, Maxim Pozdorovkin

Screens: November 21, 9:15 p.m.

This is the incredible story of three young women known as Pussy Riot who performed a “punk prayer” inside Russia’s main cathedral openly challenging the Russian Orthodox Church and President Vladimir Putin. This performance led to their arrest on charges of blasphemy and “disrupting the social order” and culminated in a trial that has reverberated around the world and transformed Russian society forever. Following the intricate twists of the trial, we learn what transformed these women from political activists into modern icons. With unparalleled, exclusive access, the film looks at the real people behind the famous, colourful balaclavas.

This incendiary documentary examines just how distorted Russia’s social order has become and illustrates the importance of wanton rebellion in the face of authoritarianism. When everyone is terrified of speaking out against the state, sometimes there’s no other recourse than thrashing and wailing.

By Team CUFF

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