MOVIE COVERS TWO-YEAR ORDEAL OF PUSSY RIOT
PUSSY RIOT – THE MOVIE, narrated by Daryl Hannah, tells the story of Russia’s slide into a totalitarian system under President Vladimir Putin’s regime and the women who provided a catalyst for the world to notice the growing repression. Like no other dissidents before them, the avant garde feminist group was turned into a worldwide symbol of lack of freedoms in Russia. The film goes beyond the trial, to the women’s prison experiences, their appeals and losses, the impact on their families, their release from prison under Putin’s amnesty and finally, the formation of their new non-profit, “Justice Zone,” to continue their activism.
The film crew is embedded in a violent demonstration that produces stunning footage. Included in the documentary are exclusive interviews with Katia Samutsevich, the Pussy Riot member who was released; families of the women; famed Russian journalist, Masha Gessen; artists; business people jailed on trumped up charges, lawyers who speak about the Russian Constitution; and dissidents. Also included is a trip to the penal colony where Nadia Tolokonnikova was held. PUSSY RIOT – THE MOVIE explores the questions: Where are the freedoms guaranteed in the Russian Constitution? Is Putin writing his own “amendments” to the Constitution? Why doesn’t the Constitution work?” Has Pussy Riot had a lasting impact on the fight for freedom in Russia? Where will Nadia Tolokonnikova and Marsha Alyohkina go next?
Update – February 8, 2014
An invitation from the Huffington Post’s Special Projects Team took the film’s director, Natasha Fissiak, and writer/producer, Carole Keeney Harrington, to New York City to meet with the women of Pussy Riot and Arianna Huffington, founder of HuffPost. Also on the itinerary was the Amnesty International Concert for Human Rights on February 5, where the women were guests of honor.
Fissiak presented the women with copies of the movie and gifts from Texas, then toured the HuffPost with Lance Gould, executive editor of special projects and Amanda Gutterman, reporter for special projects, Gutterman coordinates with Fissiak and Harrington the blogs by Andrey Tolokonnikova about his daughter, Nadia, and the political situation in Russia.
- Natasha Fissiak, far left, with women of Pussy Riot, Arianna Huffington, center, Lance Gould and Amanda Gutterman, special projects editors and HuffPost/AOL newsroom editors.
- Natasha Fissiak, director of Pussy Riot – The Movie, Nadia Tolokonnikova and Masha Alyokhina at the Amnesty International Concert on Human Rights, New York City.
- Nadia Tolokonnikova, Arianna Huffington and Masha Alyokhina at Huffinton Post headquarters.
- Pussy Riot – The Movie poster for European Film Market in Berlin. Design by Shahin Ebrahani and VMI Worldwide.
Nadia and Maria at HuffPost and Amnesty Concert
Pussy Riot at Huffington Post
Update – January 23, 2014
We are ready for our sales agency, Vantage Media International (VMI) out of Los Angeles, to take PUSSY RIOT – THE MOVIE to the European Film Market that begins February 6th. We are fortunate to have a strong, reputable sales agency behind us.
Huffington Post is hosting the blogs of Nadia and her father, Andre Tolokonnikova, which we are coordinating. Our trailer is embedded in the blog. We also are invited to NYC to conduct a LIVE interview with the Huffington Post and the women. More later. In case you would like to read the blogs of Nadia and her father, Andre Tolokonnikova, here are the links:
Update – December 24, 2013
Pussy Riot is free!
The women of Pussy Riot are free! Released on December 23, 2013, under President Vladimir Putin’s amnesty, the women continue to call for his ouster. The general response to the amnesty was that Putin wanted to polish his image before the Sochi Olympics begin on February 7th.
We have updated the movie with new footage after the women’s release and dropped the “Free” from the title. It is now simply: PUSSY RIOT – THE MOVIE.
Nadia Tolokonnikova and Masha Alyokhina have formed a non-profit, “Justice Zone,” to work on prison reform and continued activism to change the political situation in Russia.
A portion of the proceeds will support the legal fund for the women. For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org