Pussy Riot's Trials and Tribulations Explored in New Documentary

Pussy Riot's Trials and Tribulations Explored in New Documentary
Russian punk activists Pussy Riot have been at the centre of a media shitstorm ever since they were arrested back in February following their Vladimir Putin-targeting protest performance at Moscow's Christ the Savior Cathedral. Their fame is now such that they are short-listed for Time Magazine's Person of the Year, so it was really only a matter of time before someone made a documentary about them. Entitled Pussy Riot – A Punk Prayer, that film is slated to premiere next year.

The doc is co-directed by Mike Lerner and Maxim Pozdorovkin, and Rolling Stone reports that it chronicles the arrest and trial (and no doubt the worldwide controversy) of three of Pussy Riot's members. One of the three women, Yekaterina Samutsevich, was freed, although Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alekhina remain incarcerated.

The film's short synopsis is as follows: "Three young women face seven years in a Russian prison for a satirical performance in a Moscow cathedral. But who is really on trial: the three young artists or the society they live in?"

Pussy Riot – A Punk Prayer will make its debut sometime during the upcoming Sundance Film Festival, which runs from January 17 to 27 in Park City, UT. There's no word as to when subsequent screenings will take place.

In related news, a Russian court has ruled that video footage of Pussy Riot's protest should be removed for the web. Watch the clip below.