THE MOSCOW TRIALS

a film by Milo Rau

THE MOSCOW TRIALS

Germany | 2013 | 86:00 min

Formal Categories

Conflicts Arts Human Rights Politics

Content Categories

Documentary
Synopsis
In the summer of 2012, when the punk activists of Pussy Riot were sentenced to two years’ imprisonment in a penal colony for their performance in the Moscow Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, the world reacted with widespread protest rallies. Yet this was only the latest episode in a ten-year series of show trials of artists and dissidents, staged by Putin’s system to prevent any form of democratic change. Milo Rau thematises this issue by a threeday theatre show trial. A courtroom was set up, the people on stage were real-life actors: artists, politicians, church leaders, real lawyers and a real judge. A jury composed of seven Moscow citizens finally handed down their sentence – an acquittal for the artists. The film documents the project and its historical and political backgrounds.
Cast and Crew
  • Director Milo Rau
Original Languages

Russian

Production Company
Fruitmarket Arts & Media GmbH
Maastrichter Strasse 45, 50672 Köln

Fax: +49 221 8875515

Phone: +49 221 8875513

mail@fruitmarket.de
http://www.fruitmarket.de
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