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Pussy Versus Putin; Documentary Film by Gogol's Wives presented by IDFA

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13:15 - 15:00
Melkweg | Lijnbaansgracht 234A, Amsterdam

With the confirmation of Pussy Riot’s Nadya Tolokonnikova taking part at ADE Green, we are honoured to welcome one of the two members of the anarchist female band Pussy Riot who were sentenced to two years in a Russian labour camp for “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred”. In addition to the live interview with Nadya later in the day, we will also screen the documentary ‘Pussy vs Putin’ in which each step of the feminist punk band’s battle against Putin is portrayed, including their first disruptive performances on a trolley bus wearing brightly coloured balaclavas (emblazoned with the motto "Kill a Sexist"), scenes of them shooting their video about transparent elections, their controversial performance in the cathedral in Red Square, and footage shot from behind bars. They get support from many places, including Madonna, who painted the words "Pussy Riot" on her back and wore a balaclava during her Moscow show. And a man on the street who finds many allies when he loudly decries what he describes as an "inquisition." In scenes like these, the documentary shows the grim state of present-day Russia, a divided country where conservatism and anarchy stand in stark opposition to one another. Pussy Riot believe that art has to be free, and they're willing to take it to extremes. "Pussycat made a mess in the house," they say, and of course that ‘house’ is Russia. The filmmakers were not seeking to moralise through their observations of the debris, they simply edited the events together, and it’s up to the viewer to draw their own conclusions.


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