Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer, is the new documentary to show the roar and oppression of Moscow’s, Pussy Riot. Imprisoned for their confrontational performances against the church and criticism of the state, the free speech phenomenon is shown by filmmakers Maxim Pozdorovkin and Mike Lerner through clips and interview with Ondi Timoner & BYOD.

Watch new episodes of BYOD live each week on Tuesdays at noon on TheLip.TV, or tune in for the archived replay starting here on the following Thursday.

BYOD is hosted by Ondi Timoner, director of “DIG!,” “JOIN US” and “WE LIVE IN PUBLIC,” and has the rare distinction of winning the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance twice. Each week the show explores a different documentary filmmaker or aspect of filmmaking, with special guests and a live Q&A– diving deep into creative process and the business realities of producing and distributing films. Ondi shares her insider views, opinions, and personal stories, welcoming audience participation. BYOD aims to entertain, inform, and elevate documentaries in general by bringing attention to films and film makers that deserve exposure.

Mike Lerner has been producing arts, travel and popular culture documentaries for twenty years. He has produced films in many countries form the Middle East to South America and from Central Asia to the Far East.

He has made films for BBC, Channel Four, Five, ITV, Discovery and Travel Channel; the subjects include Picasso, Turkmenbashi, The Sistine Chapel, Hawkwind and Afghanistan.

Maxim Pozdorovkin is an artist and musician who has split his time between Russia and America.


Filmed over the course of six months, this film tells the incredible story of three young women: Nadya, Masha and Katya.

As members of the feminist art collective Pussy Riot, they performed a 40 second “punk prayer” inside Russia’s main cathedral. This performance led to their arrest on charges of religious hatred and culminated in a trial that has reverberated around the world and transformed the face of Russian society forever.

With unparalleled access and exclusive footage, this film looks at the real people behind their now famous colourful balaclavas.


00:01 Welcome to BYOD.
00:39 Introducing Mike and Maxim of
01:08 Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer, Trailer.
02:10 Response to the film.
04:19 Reasons behind making the film and the status of Pussy Riot.
06:42 Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer, Clip-The girls get charged.
08:04 Protesting against the confluence of church and state.
11:01 Feminist revolutionaries vs. religiosity and nationalism in Russia.
16:26 Getting access to film the women and phenomenon.
18:19 Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer, Clip-The riot in Red Square.
19:26 The Pussy Riot message breaks out.
24:58 Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer, Clip-Nadya speaks to the media.
27:20 The legal strategy during the trial.
34:58 Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer, Clip-Katya’s father.
38:45 Masha as a future head of state and the situation for the group.
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Posted on May 30, 2013 in Bring Your Own Doc, Features by

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