Filmed over the course of six months, this film tells the incredible story of three young women: Nadia, Masha and Katia. As members of the feminist art collective Pussy Riot, they performed a 40 second "punk prayer" inside Russia's main cathedral. This performance led to their arrest on charges of religious hatred and culminated in a trial that has reverberated around the world and transformed the face of Russian society forever. Moving from farce to tragedy and back again, the film explores how political and religious forces contrived to make an example out of three young artists who stepped out of line. Are you a ready for a "Pussy Riot"?
Pussy Riot - A Punk Prayer
Director: Mike Lerner, Maxim Pozdorovkin
Executive Producer: Martin Herring, Havana Marking
Producer: Mike Lerner, Maxim Pozdorovkin
Cinematographer: Antony Butts
Editor: Esteban Uyarra
Music: Simon Russell/Pussy Riot
Additional Credits: Associate Producer: Xenia Grubstein
Principal Cast: Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina, Yekaterina Samutsevich
Oscar-nominated producer Mike Lerner has been making documentaries for twenty-five years. He has produced films for many international broadcasters including BBC, Channel 4, Discovery, HBO. Maxim Pozdorovkin's first feature film was "Capital". He holds a PhD from Harvard University and is an artist fellow at Harvard's Society of Fellows.