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Pussy Riot: A Documentary, Review.

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BBC Four’s Storyville documentary about Pussy Riot, the Russian feminist punk group, and founders of a  new  feminist movement, was extraordinary.

AS Wikipedia describes them, “they stage unauthorized provocative guerrilla performances in unusual public locations, which are edited into music videos and posted on the Internet. Their lyrical themes include feminism, LGBT rights, opposition to the policies of Russian President Vladimir Putin, whom they regard as a dictator,[2] and links between the leadership of the Russian Orthodox Church and Putin.”

“Art is not a mirror to reflect the world, but a hammer with which to shape it” ran the Bertolt Brecht quote at the programme start.” notes the Telegraph reviewer.

They also cited Guy Debord.

The great merit of the documentary was that it showed the strength of their movement, their personal courage, and their ideas without forgetting some of the doubts people may have about their actions.

The film makers pointed out that the very Cathedral where they staged their most famous protest (Cathedral of Christ the Saviour (Russian: Храм Христа Спасителя, Khram Khrista Spasitelya) was demonilished on 5 December 1931, by order of Stalin’s minister Kaganovich, the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour was dynamited and reduced to rubble.

It  was rebuilt long after the Soviet era, in the 1990s.

That the believers come in different  kinds, and that they have rights too.

At a time when Christians are under physical attack in many lands, we should not forget this.

Human rights have no exceptions, none.

Free Pussy Riot!

Written by Andrew Coates

October 23, 2013 at 4:32 pm

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