Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer

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Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer


Saturday Dec 07 06:00 PM
Sunday Dec 08 04:00 PM
Wednesday Dec 11 07:30 PM
Thursday Dec 12 01:00 PM


Doris Duke Theatre


About the Film:

Directed by Mike Lerner, Maxim Pozdorovkin. Russia/UK. 2012. 88 mins.

On Feb 21, 2012, members of the feminist art collective Pussy Riot, donned their trademark colorful balaclavas, or ski masks, and participated in a 40-second “punk prayer protest” on the altar of Moscow’s Christ the Savior Cathedral. Immediately detained, arrested and tried for trespassing, wearing “inappropriate” sleeveless dresses and disrupting social order, Nadia, Masha and Katia were accused of religious hatred in a trial that reverberated around the world and transformed the face of Russian society.

Filmed over six months, Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer mixes farce and tragedy to show how the three musicians battled a system determined to make an example of them. As they defended themselves inside the courtroom, other Pussy Riot members planned new guerilla performances and cultivated a protest movement across the globe. Organizations like Amnesty International and celebrities such as Sting, Paul McCartney, Yoko Ono and Madonna spoke out in support of their cause and freedom of speech worldwide. Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer reveals the people behind the balaclavas and the forces that transformed these women from playful political activists to modern-day icons.

Winner: World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Punk Spirit, Sundance Film Festival.

View the trailer.

Opening-night reception: Dec 7, 6-7:30pm: Enjoy and food and wine for purchase from Da Spot and live music from singer-songwriter David Langfit before the 7:30pm screening. Bring your balaclavas! $15, $12 museum members.

Special guest: Kathryn Xian will introduce the film at the Dec 7, 7:30pm screening.

Kathryn Xian is the Executive Director of Pacific Alliance to Stop Slavery (PASS), Hawai‘i's largest service-oriented nonprofit for human trafficking victims, and Non-Executive Director of Girl Fest Hawaii, an annual event devoted to preventing gender-based violence and advancing women's empowerment through the arts and education. Kathryn is also a congressional candidate for Hawai‘i's 1st District.

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