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MIA – Born Free

April 27, 2010

Romain Gavras’ nine minute video for MIA’s latest single ‘Born Free’ is getting a lot of attention and if you have seen it then you will know why!  It’s pretty graphic and most likely this version will be removed from YouTube as others have been.

Salon has described it as “undeniably powerful, a lurid parable on the systematic ethnic cleansing that goes on all over the world.”  I’m not sure I wholly agree as it’s just too clean (or is that part of the story?) and the acting isn’t good enough but the idea is sound.   No doubt people will dismiss Gavras’ video as manufactured controversy but if this video introduces MIA to lot of new people then all power to her!  I love her previous albums (Arular & Kala) and her politics seem to be pretty spot on too, for example:

She has routinely denounced the war in Sri Lanka and its human rights abuses against Tamils, as well as the UN’s handling of the situation. She additionally spoke out against President Bush’s “War on Terror,” commenting, “You can’t separate the world into two parts like that, good and evil. Terrorism is a method, but America has successfully tied all these pockets of independence, struggles, revolutions, and extremists into one big notion of terrorism.

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