Pussy Riot documentary to be released in UK cinemas next month (July)

The 90-minute film aims to show the personal side of the Pussy Riot story

Pussy Riot documentary to be released in UK cinemas next month (July)

Pussy Riot - A Punk Prayer is to be released in UK cinemas next month (July).

The 90-minute documentary premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January and was shown on US cable network HBO last Monday (June 10). It will open in cinemas across the UK on July 5.

The official synopsis runs as follows: "Filmed over the course of six months, this film tells the incredible story of three young women: Nadia, Masha and Katia; members of the feminist art collective Pussy Riot who 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."

Speaking to NME previously about the project, directors Mike Lerner and Maxim Pozdorovkin said they tried to show the personal side of the Pussy Riot story.

Pozdorovkin explained: "The film features footage from their trial, so you see how Pussy Riot turn it into a sort of performance. The girls really flourish and take on this role that's thrust on them. In the '70s, Russia didn't have a punk movement, so Pussy Riot is like 'God Save The Queen' for them."

Click here to watch the trailer for Pussy Riot - A Punk Prayer. Meanwhile, Pussy Riot's Maria Alyokhina - also known as Masha - was recently reported to have ended her hunger strike after eleven days. She had begun her protest after being refused the right to attend her parole hearing.

She and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, or Nadia, were jailed for two years in August 2012 for breach of public order motivated by religious hatred after staging their infamous 'punk prayer' protest against Vladimir Putin in Moscow's Christ the Saviour Cathedral. A third Pussy Riot member, Yekaterina Samutsevich or Katia, was released on a suspended sentence last October.

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