Pussy Riot - A Punk Prayer
Three young members of the band and movement Pussy Riot sneak into the Saint Basil's Cathedral in Moscow. Playing punk songs, they demonstrate for freedom of speech and against president Vladimir Putin and the Russian-Orthodox church with their power structures. The authorities do not find the stunt amusing, and the young activists are brought before the court. This is a compelling and provoking story with plenty of close up and unique material. It is the ultimate Pussy Riot documentary.
Mike Lerner, Maxim Pozdorovkin
American filmmaker MIKE LERNER has produced a long list of documentaries, including BIFF hits AFGHAN STAR (2009) and TO HELL AND BACK AGAIN (2011). He makes his debut as a director together with Russian MAXIM POZDOROVKIN, who has got a lot in common with Pussy Riot and has made his second feature film.