Live stream recording - Friday 31 january 2014 - 21:00 CET
riday January 31st two members of Pussy Riot Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina will attend the Human Rights Weekend in De Balie. The members were recently released after they were imprisoned because of their protest against the Putin regime. With colored balaclavas, tights, and summer dresses, they entered Moscow's most venerated cathedral and air-guitared their way through 40 seconds of "Mother Mary, Banish Putin!". We will watch the documentary about Pussy Riot en the women will tell about their time in prison, the Putin regime and their intentions to set up a human rights organization.
Pussy Riot- A Punk Prayer
Director: Mike Lerner and Maxim Pozdorovkin / Runtime: 86 min / Country: Russian Federation/UK / Subtitles: English
In the winter of 2011, after a controversial election, Vladimir Putin returned to the Kremlin as president of Russia. The vote followed months of mass protests that challenged Putin's rule. Around the same time, a group of young, radical-feminist punk rockers known as Pussy Riot took a stand against the direction Putin was taking Russia. Wearing colored balaclavas, tights, and summer dresses, they entered Moscow's most venerated cathedral and air-guitared their way through 40 seconds of "Mother Mary, Banish Putin!". British filmmaker Mike Lerner and Russian Maxim Pozdorovkin collaborate to chronicle the way one small act of protest captured global attention. Film showing the personal side of the radical feminist punk band Pussy Riot.
Rachel Denber, Russia expert at Human Rights Watch will talk about the courage of these young women, who despite everything remain committed to their protest against the regime. Also with Moderator Casper Thomas (De Groene Amsterdammer).
HRW Pussy Riot VIDEO's:
1. Pussy Riot press conference Amsterdam
2. Pussy Riot 'A Punk Prayer' film introduction
3. Pussy Riot 'A Punk Prayer' Q & A
Second Human Rights Weekend at De Balie, Amsterdam