M.I.A. 'Borders' by M.I.A.

M.I.A. 'Borders' by M.I.A.
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M.I.A.'s back doing what she does best, merging politically-charged pop with her unique brand of hard-hitting music videos to tackle pressing issues.

Borders is a timely confrontation by the British artist of Sri-Lankan descent, addressing the West's immigrant-phobic response at a time when millions of people - including over half of the Syrian population - has been displaced and urgently need help. In it, M.I.A. (who relocated to London as a refugee herself when she was eleven years old) is dwarfed by masses of refugees on ships, standing alongside as they climb massive gated borders, but is still no less iconic in her steadfast resolution to stare us down and speak her mind.  

With lyrics urging the West to question their wayward, consumerist values, M.I.A. highlights the moral dubiousness of our society's trendy catchphrases (including "killing it" and "break the internet") as well as broader topics, "borders, politics, police shots, identities, your privilege."

Credits

Director
M.I.A.
Creative
M.I.A.
Creative
Tom Manaton
Art Direction
M.I.A.
Art Direction
Sugu Arulpragasam
Art Direction
Tom Manaton
Executive Producer
Ramji Soma
Production Company
Unique Studios
Director of Photography
Nirav Shah
Line Producer
Hannah May
Editor
M.I.A.
Edit Assistant
Jim Johnston
Post production company
Electric Theatre Collective
Colourist
Houmam Abdallah
VFX
Paul Wilmot
VFX Producer
Claire Toms
VFX Supervisor
Mark Pinheiro
Label
Interscope Records
Production Manager
D. Saravanakumar
Production Manager
Kumaran
Director's Assistant
Jayaraman Sankaran
Director's Assistant
Muralikrishna
Director's Assistant
Yugendran Vikram
Director's Assistant
Hemraj Premkumar
Director's Assistant
Gopi Helicam
Choreographer
Brinda
Art Direction
V. Selvakumar
Post production company
Electric Theatre Collective
Executive Post Producer
Juliette Larthe @ Prettybird

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