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

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

Cat Velez - 30th Nov 2015

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."

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  • BUG
  • Pop
  • Alternative
  • Refugee
  • Political

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Credits

Production/Creative

Director
M.I.A.
Production Company
Unique Studios
Executive Producer
Ramji Soma
Production Manager
D. Saravanakumar
Production Manager
Kumaran

Camera

Director of Photography
Nirav Shah

Choreography

Choreographer
Brinda

Editorial

Editor
M.I.A.

Grading

Colourist
Houmam Abdallah

VFX

VFX
Paul Wilmot
VFX Supervisor
Mark Pinheiro
Post production company
Post production company

Commission

Label
Interscope Records

Misc

Creative
M.I.A.
Creative
Tom Manaton
Art Direction
M.I.A.
Art Direction
Sugu Arulpragasam
Art Direction
Tom Manaton
Line Producer
Hannah May
Edit Assistant
Jim Johnston
VFX Producer
Claire Toms
Director's Assistant
Jayaraman Sankaran
Director's Assistant
Muralikrishna
Director's Assistant
Yugendran Vikram
Director's Assistant
Hemraj Premkumar
Director's Assistant
Gopi Helicam
Art Direction
V. Selvakumar

Other credits

Executive Post Producer

Juliette Larthe @ Prettybird

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