Friday, February 14, 2014

DVD Review: New Documentary Puts Pussy Riot Behind Bars

One of the most shocking music documentaries is the newly released "Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer." The film follows the trial of three members of the protesting punk band Pussy Riot as they perform a 37-second "Punk Prayer" at Moscow's Cathedral of Christ The Savior almost exactly two years ago to the day.

Back on February 21, 2012, four members of the band Pussy Riot performed an original song at the alter, before being detained by police. The 90-minute documentary proudly shows the different upbringings and backgrounds of each of the arrested members of the band. Pussy Riot's protest was never against God, but against the thought of Russian leader Vladimir Putin combining politics and religion.

The film shows how much of an impact this act has made on a worldwide scale with protests showing up in the U.S., Europe and even at a Madonna concert. Interviews with the parents of the arrested show total support and how we should all value independent thinking and freedom of speech.

This documentary premiered on HBO in June of last year and finally received a DVD release on February 11th through Cinedigm. Just prior to the DVD's release date, news came of the early release of the members of Pussy Riot from a Russian prison. To find out more about this documentary, please visit www.facebook.com/PyssyRiotTheDocumentary.

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