DVD Review: PussyRiot A Punk Prayer
Filmed over a period of 6 months, Pussy Riot – A Punk Prayer follows the prosecution of three members of the Russian Punk Protest Band, Nadia, Masha and Katia. Arrested after they performed a protest song in Russia’s most revered Cathedral, calling on a separation of state and church, the media frenzy that followed gave the group a much bigger audience than they could ever have dreamed of, whilst at the same time showing the international community ho corrupt the Russian judicial system still was, and how bigoted the Russian church was.
Featuring raw video of the band’s various protests along with a lot of in court footage and interviews with the different parents, Pussy Riot – A Punk Prayer adds the human component that the media left out when reporting on the case, allowing the viewer to focus on the girl themselves and enabling us to see exactly what they were attempting to do and why it failed on one level, whilst achieving so much more on another level.
Whilst it is a little rough around the edges at times, Pussy Riot – A Punk Prayer is a compelling watch that deals with issues of freedom of speech and really shows how easy we have it in New Zealand, but on the flip side, how lazy we have become.
Rating: M Violence, offensive language and sex scenes.
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