A documentary telling the story of the feminist Russian punk band, Pussy Riot, will be featured at the Sundance Film Festival in 2013.

The world premiere of the film by Oscar-nominated producers of “Hell and Back Again” and “Afghan Star” will be held in Park City, Utah in January 2013. The Russian and British co-production will be screened at Sundance in the World Cinema Documentary program, competing against 11 other films.

The film, directed by Mike Lerner and Maxim Pozdorovkin, is dedicated to the notorious punk band that rose to international fame after their controversial act at Russia’s main cathedral in February 2012.

Two of the band members are now serving jail terms for their Anti-Putin song, staged in Moscow’s Christ the Savior Cathedral- the other convicted member of the group was later released on probation.

“Who is really on trial in a case that has gripped the nation and the world beyond, three young artists or the society they live in,” the filmmakers ask.

Sundance World Cinema Documentary program will also showcase a Chinese production “Fallen City” following four years in the lives of three families who survived the 2008 Sichuan earthquake. Also showcased will be a film about Google’s ambitious project to build a giant digital library “Google and the World Brain.”

The festival will also feature US Dramatic and US Documentary Competition programs, a World Cinema Dramatic Competition program and the Next Competition- focusing on innovative, forward-thinking approaches to storytelling.

Sundance Film Festival was founded and is headed by actor Robert Redford. Since 1978 is has been held annually to celebrate independent moviemaking.
The 2013 Festival will be held in January 17-27 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah.

ref: www.rt.com