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- SKU: MVD0654D
- Format: DVD
- UPC: 760137065494
- Street Date: 02/13/18
- PreBook Date: 01/09/18
- Label: Cleopatra Entertainment »
- Genre: Documentary
- Run Time: 90 mins
- Number of Discs: 1
- Audio: STEREO
- Year of Production: 2015
- Region Code: 0
- Box Lot: 30
- Territory: WORLD EX RUSSIA
- Language: Russian
Cast & Crew
- Director: Yevgeni Mitta
- Producer: Yevgeni Mitta
- Director: Yevgeni Mitta
- Producers: Yevgeni Mitta
Act & Punishment: The Pussy Riot Trials
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Russian activists Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Ekaterina Samutsevich decide to separate from the well-known activist group Voina and create their own group named PUSSY RIOT that would express their ideas of female independence, combining activism, feminism and punk rock music. Pussy Riot quickly draws public attention after a show on the Lobnoye Mesto in the Red Square where they accuse the authorities of sexism, singing the song "Putin Turned Chicken." This performance lands them in a police station amid much mass media attention. Pussy Riot then decide to conduct a punk rock church service in the Moscow Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, sparking interest from journalists and cameramen who manage to film it. Three of the girls are arrested and threatened with seven years in prison, as a number of world stars express their support for the artists including the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Paul McCartney, Madonna and Franz Ferdinand. They are offered liberty if they agree to confess and repent for their "crime". Refusing to budge, the court sentences them instead to two years in prison. Their defeat in court becomes their moral victory, as Pussy Riot are cheered on by thousands of their new-found fans and supporters worldwide.
- Pussy Riot members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina appeared in 'House of Cards' season 3 as themselves. The episode also featured Pussy Riot concert footage
- The A.V. Club described them as an 'excellent band' with 'fuzzed-out guitars and classic Riot Grrrl chants'
- Pussy Riot is a controvesial Russian feminist protest punk rock group that has drawn worldwide attention for both their music and social cause.
For anyone with an interest in the group, this is a must-see documentary that will give personal insight from the women themselves, far beyond what you might have seen or read in mainstream media.
— Shelagh Rowan-Legg, ROTTEN TOMATOES
Deeply informed documentary that puts Pussy Riot into the context of the Russian avant-garde that is rooted in 'Actionism'.
— Louis Proyect, ROTTEN TOMATOES
Although it doesn't always seem to know what to do with the wealth of threads it develops, it's a busy and interesting documentary that will provide international audiences with a much richer appreciation of the Pussy Riot phenomenon.
— Jennie Kermode, ROTTEN TOMATOES
Act & Punishment gets a little repetitive, but don't be surprised if you find yourself wanting to put on a ski mask and challenge authority.
— Dan Lybarger, ROTTEN TOMATOES