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HBO Buys Pussy Riot Documentary at Sundance

U.S. TV rights for 'Pussy Riot - A Punk Prayer' picked up by network

Pussy Riot
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January 21, 2013 10:03 AM ET

HBO Documentary Films has bought the U.S. television rights for Pussy Riot - A Punk Prayer at the Sundance Film Festival, Billboard reports. The film, directed and produced by Mike Lerner and Maxim Pozdorovkin, made its world premiere on January 18th, and follows the feminist art-punk collective who were arrested and prosecuted following their staged prayer demonstration inside a Russian cathedral. "It's one of the stories of the decade," Lerner told Rolling Stone earlier this month. "It's feminism on trial."

Pussy Riot: Their Trial in Pictures

History of the Eagles, Part One and Part Two were picked up by Showtime, set for a February 15th and 16th airing with a DVD release to come as early as March. Dave Grohl's directorial debut, Sound City, already secured its distribution before Sundance.

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