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New music video for M.I.A.’s “Born Free” directed by Romain Gavras, son of Costa-Gavras

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
April 26th, 2010

With more and more spawn of legendary filmmakers jumping into their parents' respective field of work, it looks as though that group just gained another member.

The first outing from Romain Gavras, son of legendary Z and MISSING director Costa-Gavras, has hit Pitchfork, in the form of a nearly 10 minute long music video for hipster favorite, M.I.A.’s first single from her upcoming, still untitled album, a track called Born Free.

The video basically tells the story of a group of teens who are rounded up by local police, and pretty much sent to die by either running through a minefield, or literally being executed. The short is definitely big time NSFW, but if anything, check out the song, because it’s bloody brilliant.

On a filmmaking level, the video looks absolutely stunning, and seems to be skillfully crafted, which should come as no surprise knowing who the director’s papa is. It’s politically charged, which is nothing new for M.I.A. and, while it’s a little long, this is 10 minutes well spent. Check it out HERE.

Source Pitchfork, via The Playlist

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