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Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer review

It's a defining image of modern protest: YouTube footage showing balaclava-clad girl-punks Pussy Riot storming a Moscow cathedral.  

Mike Lerner and Maxim Pozdorovkin’s doc, which charts their trial for blasphemy, is a compelling study of suffering for your art. 

 

By necessity, the defendants views only emerge via courtroom testimony, during which the women grow from naive shock merchants to eloquent martyrs. 

 

While sympathetic to their plight, the directors prove alert to the story’s wider impact, speaking to proud parents and outraged opponents alike.

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