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Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer: Unpacking Russia’s rock scandal

Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer.

3 out of 4 stars

Title
Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer
Directed by
Maxim Pozdorovkin, Mike Lerner
Country
UK
Language
Russian

A guerrilla punk performance last year before the altar of Moscow's Christ the Saviour cathedral, and a subsequent criminal trial, made Pussy Riot an international cause célèbre. It also scandalized the Russian Orthodox community. This engaging doc tells the tale from all angles, using extraordinary courtroom footage and interviews with family members and Orthodox zealots. By the end, even the defiant band members seem to see how their protest partly missed its target.

At VIFF: Oct. 10, 9:30 p.m., Rio

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Robert Everett-Green is a feature writer at The Globe and Mail. He was born in Edmonton and grew up there and on a farm in eastern Alberta. He was a professional musician for several years before leaving that task to better hands. More

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