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‘Pussy Riot — A Punk Prayer’ rips a story from the headlines and fights back
(Courtesy photo)   
A scene from "Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer," part of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.
(Courtesy photo)   
A scene from "Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer," part of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.
A scene from the documentary "Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer," which will debut at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. The film is represented by John Sloss' Cinetic Media. Courtesy Sundance Institute
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After gaining extraordinary access to the members of Pussy Riot and their families and friends, the story became clear to the filmmakers. “The film offers a multifaceted view of Russia today,” he said. “As was the case with the Occupy movement in the U.S., it shows the Russian government siding with the conservative elements of society .”

Lerner also underscored the parallels between Russia and his homeland. “Nadia, Masha and Katia are three of the most remarkable women I have ever encountered,” he said. “I am convinced that they will play an important role in the development of democracy and freedom of expression in their country. Their influence on the film is to confirm how important their story is, not only for Russia but for the rest of the world, struggling as it is with the problems of freedom, gender equality and justice.”

In some ways, the film tells a distinctly Russian story. “The members of Pussy Riot are intellectuals who see themselves as continuing a Russian artistic and cultural lineage,” Pozdorovkin said. “Familiarity with this heritage no doubt enriches one’s experience of the story.”

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‘Pussy Riot — A Punk Prayer’ (World Cinema Documentary)

Friday, Jan. 18, 8:30 p.m. » Prospector Square Theatre, 2175 Sidewinder Drive, Park City

Saturday, Jan. 19, 6:45 p.m. » Broadway Centre Cinema 3, 111 E. 300 South, Salt Lake City

Sunday, Jan. 20, 1 p.m. » Redstone Cinema 2, 6030 N. Market St., Park City

Wednesday, Jan. 23, 9 a.m. » Temple Theatre, Highway 224, Park City

Thursday, Jan. 24, 6 p.m. » Egyptian Theatre, 328 Main St., Park City

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