PUSSY RIOT - A PUNK PRAYER
(Maxim Pozdorovkin, Mike Lerner, UK). 86 minutes. Rating: NNNNN Note to authoritarian regimes: don’t mount a show trial if the defendants are more media-savvy than you are.
This and about a dozen other ideas – including the value of performance art and the power of Putin – are behind this kick-ass pic about Russian punk band Pussy Riot and the trial that ensued after the group put on a guerrilla performance in Moscow’s central cathedral.
Maxim Pozdorovkin and Mike Lerner began covering the band just before the radical guerrilla artists went on trial for playing God’s Shit in the church, but the women themselves had been taping every performance – testimony to their sense that what they were doing was important.
Charismatic arrestees Masha ( Maria Alyokhina), Katia ( Yekaterina Samutsevich) and especially Nadia ( Nadezhda Tolokonnikova) and coverage of the trial and demonstrations both for and against Pussy Riot give this doc electrifying energy.
See it. SGC Apr 26, 2 pm, The Bloor Hot Docs Cinema; Apr 28, 4: 30 pm, Isabel Bader Theatre; May 4, 7 pm, Scotiabank Theatre 3.