Pussy Riot documentary Premieres at Sundance

The members of Pussy Riot - behind bars.

The members of Pussy Riot - behind bars.

Pussy Riot, the Russian all-girl punk group that saw two of its members jailed in their homeland for their protest music and guerilla performances, now has a film. 

 “Pussy Riot – A Punk Prayer,” just debuted at the Sundance Film Festival.

Directors Mike Lerner and Maxim Pozdorovkin followed the group from their well-publicised trial to the jailing of three members (two of them, Nadya and Masha, remain in prison, while a third, Katya, is out on probation).

"As you’re going along you just don’t know what kind of footage you’re going to get so it’s hard to plan on the film,” Pozdorovkin told the LA Times. But he and Lerner told the Times they were compelled by the idea that the group had brought punk rock and performance art to Russia, neither of which had ever had much of a presence in the country.

 “They’ve designed an image and idea that’s very simple to grasp even if people don't understand what it quite means, because if they did — I don’t think Madonna and all these people are quite as radical in their thinking as these women,” he said. “They’re not liberals; they’re Marxist feminist revolutionaries. That’s putting it mildly."

Rolling Stone reports that the documentary has just been bought by HBO Films.