Author(s): Maria Alyokhina
We hit upon the idea of making a movie about the Revolution. A feature film that would be shown in all the movie theaters. The short video about the frozen chicken up the cunt was all well and good, but it wasn't for a mass audience. Art for the masses means Hollywood. Calling people to revolution requires a big screen. We visited at least twenty studios over the course of a week- identical offices; blinding, snow-white smiles. We had no problem getting appointments, because they were writing about us in all the newspapers.
"We want to make a movie about revolution."
"Which revolution might that be?"
"The Russian revolution."
"Which one do you mean? The 1917 Revolution?"
"No! The one that's happening now."
"But you don't have any revolution now."
Strong, brave, honest, touching, bitter and sad -- Vladimir Sorokin, master of contemporary Russian literature One of the most brilliant and inspiring things I've read in years. Couldn't put it down. This book is freedom -- Chris Kraus, author of I Love Dick
Maria Alyokhina is a political activist, artist and founding member of Pussy Riot Collective. Following a Pussy Riot performance in a Moscow Cathedral, she was convicted of 'hooliganism motivated by religious hatred' and sentenced to two years' imprisonment. Recognised as a political prisoner by numerous human rights groups, she has continued her work as an activist and artist. She is a founder of the independent Russian news website MediaZona and an actor with the Belarus Free Theatre.