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Sundance 2013: Watch Pussy Riot's Katya Skype Into the Premiere of 'Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer' (Video)

Photo of Peter Knegt By Peter Knegt | Indiewire January 19, 2013 at 12:55PM

Mike Lerner and Maxim Pozdorovkin's documentary "Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer," which portrays the horrifyingly unjust and unbelievably epic narrative that evolved as three women in activist Russian punk rock group Pussy Riot were arrested for hooliganism last March, had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival last night.
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Pussy Riot's Katya Skypes into the Prospecter Theater in Park City Friday night.
Pussy Riot's Katya Skypes into the Prospecter Theater in Park City Friday night.

Mike Lerner and Maxim Pozdorovkin's documentary "Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer," which portrays the horrifyingly unjust and unbelievably epic narrative that evolved as three women in activist Russian punk rock group Pussy Riot were arrested for hooliganism last March, had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival last night.

Remarkable in its timeliness, Lerner and Pozdorovkin's film is an extensive and thoughtful look at Pussy Riot's arrest and subsequent trial made less than six months after the trio were sentenced to two years in prison last July, prompting outcries of support from around the world. If you think you already know this story, Lerner and Pozdorovkin's doc proves that there is a lot more to it.

While Maria Alyokhina (aka Masha) and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova (Nadya) remained in prison as the screening took place, Yekaterina Samutsevich (aka Katya) was released on probation last October following an argument from her lawyer that she had been stopped by cathedral guards before she could get her guitar out of its case. The crowd in the theater erupted in riotous cheers as she joined them via Skype.

"We did know there was some sort of global awareness going on," Katya said through a translation from "Pussy Riot" co-director Pozdorovkin at the Q&A. "And then as it got bigger and bigger -- with Madonna's performance and all these other things -- we felt there was more support coming our way. Though we were fairly isolated in the jail..."

Watch video from the Q&A below:

This article is related to: Sundance Film Festival, Pussy Riot - A Punk Prayer, Video





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