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Pussy Riot documentary to premiere at Sundance 2013

on November 29, 2012, 2:44pm

pussy riot e1345204931409 Pussy Riot documentary to premiere at Sundance 2013

From a TIME magazine Person of the Year nomination to the hallowed cinemas of Sundance: As HitFix reports, a documentary on the imprisoned members of Russian punk group Pussy Riot will make its world premiere at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

Directed by Mike Lerner and Maxim Pozdorovkin, Pussy Riot – A Punk Prayer chronicles the arrest and trial of three members, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alekhina, and Yekaterina Samutsevich. The women were sentenced to two years in prison after being found guilty of “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred or hostility” stemming from a “punk prayer” protest at Moscow’s Christ the Saviour Cathedral. The collective were denouncing the ties between Russian President Vladimir Putin’s regime and the Russian Orthodox Church. Samutsevich has since been freed; however, Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina remain in prison as of today.

The womens’ imprisonment has received massive media attention and sparked outcry from a number of musicians, including Madonna, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Jarvis Cocker. For their part, Pussy Riot continues to speak out against the Russian government, giving interviews, releasing an eBook, and even burning a picture of President Putin.

Pussy Riot – A Punk Prayer will be a part of Sundance’s World Cinema Documentary Competition. The Utah-based festival runs from January 17th to 27th.

Below, watch Jesus Christ express his support from a recent episode of South Park.

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