HBO Bought a Documentary on Pussy Riot

Tue, 01/22/2013 - 09:44
Submitted by Carlin Ross

I can't wait to watch the new HBO documentary on Pussy Riot.  The film covers their arrest, trial and appeal.  Doree Shafrir describes a poignant moment caught on camera:

"In one of the first scenes of the documentary Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer, which premiered at Sundance on Friday night, a policeman is interrogating Katia, one of the three Pussy Riot members arrested for performing on the altar of Russia's Cathedral. "Do you dream of marrying and having a child?," the policeman asks. It seems to only confirm his darkest suspicions that she responds that no, she does not dream of marriage and children.

But it's precisely that outlook that the anonymous feminist punk collective Pussy Riot was founded to combat. And if this documentary — which was bought by HBO Documentary Films on Sunday — makes nothing else clear, it's that the prevailing attitudes about women's rights and freedom of speech in Russia are deeply, troublingly conservative, and that Prime Minister Vladimir Putin will not brook any resistance to his regime, even if it comes in the form of women in neon balaclavas and tights performing two-minute punk songs in public places."

Holy shit this is going to be good. I'd say women are fighting the same battle globally - the battle for reproductive justice, equal pay for equal work, and separation of church and state (because that's how they keep us barefoot and pregnant).

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