Patti Smith and David Lynch talk Twin Peaks, Blue Velvet and Pussy Riot

Patti Smith talks with renowned director-come-musician David Lynch at the Fondation Cartier in Paris for BC Newsnight’s ‘Encounters’ series.

A highlight came when the pair discussed Russian activists Pussy Riot, who were jailed for almost two years for what they described as a “punk prayer” against President Vladimir Putin.

“This kind of oppression and misunderstanding goes back to biblical times, taking young girls who have families and have hopes and dreams and putting them in prison for issuing a teenage prayer,” said Smith. “One of the things they were saying to me was ‘Everyone wants us to speak to them but what are we supposed to say?’ I said ‘You should say that we are all you because of our belief system or trying to say something new, or against the church or corporations. We are all potentially in danger. Speak to the younger generation to think for themselves.’ These girls did something absolutely original, they are in my prayers.”