Trailer for Pussy Riot documentary unveiled – watch

Rough Trade will release a book of essays to raise money for imprisoned members' cause

Trailer for Pussy Riot documentary unveiled – watch

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The trailer for the forthcoming documentary Pussy Riot – A Punk Prayer has been unveiled online – scroll down to watch it.

The film, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January, will get its TV debut on HBO on June 10. 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 seventies, Russia didn't have a punk movement, so Pussy Riot is like 'God Save The Queen' for them."

Also this week, Rough Trade announced that it will be releasing a book of essays to rase money for the Pussy Riot cause. Titled Let’s Start a Pussy Riot, it will offer "an exploration of the concept of Future Feminism, asking how we can move forward and unite different voices and generations to create an inspiring dialogue", according to a statement from the label. The book features contributions from Antony Hegarty, Kim Gordon, and others, and will be launched at Yoko Ono’s Meltdown Festival on June 14.

The two pieces of news come as it emerged earlier this week that jailed Pussy Riot member Maria Alyokhina has been hospitalised a week into her hunger strike. The incarcerated member of the punk collective started the hunger strike after she was refused the right to attend her parole hearing last week. Pyotr Verzilov, the husband of Pussy Riot's Nadezhda Tolokonnikova told the Associated Press that Alyokhina was transferred to a hospital in her prison colony in the town of Berezniki. Verzilov visited the colony today (May 28).

Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina 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, was released on a suspended sentence last October.

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