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Liima 'Russians' by Jonas Bang and M.I.L.K

Luke Bather - 11th Aug 2016

Danish directors Jonas Bang and M.I.L.K melt the worlds of music video and documentary together in this thematically apt clip for Liima's latest release.

The song itself is based around music composed for the 1980 Moscow Olympics - a games which 60 countries boycotted on political grounds. The video explores the impact that had on an athlete from West Germany called Michael Wessing - a javelin thrower tipped for gold who was robbed of his chance to compete. Combining stock footage, documentary interview and some 3D printed objects, Jonas Bang and M.I.L.K have made something truly unique; a fascinating visual portait.

The Olympic Games is a peace movement, an arena for nations to compete and show greatness through sport performances rather than war and politics, but just as in 1980, politics has a habit of muddying those honest intentions.  So with the upcoming games in Rio and the personal disaster for the numerous Russian athletes banned due to a state-organized doping scheme, we felt it was time for a reminder to keep the Olympics pure and honor its peace-positive values.  Remember that it is the athletes who pay the price of nations’ political games. - via 4AD

Luke Bather - 11th Aug 2016

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Credits

Production/Creative

Director
Jonas Bang
Director
M.I.L.K
Producer
Daniel Schefte
Production Company
Spektrum Studio

Camera

Director of Photography
Jason Idris Alami

Editorial

Editor
Jonas Bang
Editor
M.I.L.K

Grading

Colourist
Olesya Kireeva

Misc

Production Assistant
Jasmin Ravesh

Luke Bather - 11th Aug 2016

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