DAY 5: Best Documentary
Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer
In light of the recent release of the remaining members of Pussy Riot (Nadia Tolokonnikova & Maria Alyokhina) this choice seems all the more poignant. The documentary Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer looks at the build-up to the performance which got 3 members imprisoned on the obscene charge of “hooliganism,” it looks at previous protests, talks to the families of the Pussy Rioters and then follows the farcical circus of play courts and media coverage following the arrest of Nadia, Maria and Katya Samutsevich.
This documentary is the most comprehensive introduction to the band and their cause; exploring all the motives behind the protest, the reasons for the methods and the responses in Russia as well as the greater globe. It explores both the phenomena of Pussy Riot but also depicts Nadia, Maria & Katya as people, people with families, people with beliefs and people with passion, something that is sometimes forgotten with the anonymous effect of the balaclava.
Having also had the chance to hear the filmmaker speak, I can assure the genuine care and attention that has been invested in this documentary. I can’t recommend it enough so make sure you find it; Pussy Riot may be freed but there are still a lot of wrongs that need a punk prayer.