Last year, Bouha Kazmi captured our imagination with his video for The Ramona Flowers' Tokyo, and since then has also been nominated for a Young Director Award at Cannes. …
Indochine 'Station 13' by Bouha Kazmi
Bouha Kazmi's video for legendary French band Indochine’s Station 13 is not for the fainthearted. Visceral, brutal and harrowing, it's also an extraordinary achievement.
Kazmi apparently takes us into the mid-century struggles for civil rights. It's a beautifully dramatised scenario that instantly evokes the battles against segregation in the American South, and against Apartheid in South Africa. But Kazmi adds another, almost biblical dimension to proceedings.
The black men who are being serially persecuted and beaten by police are revealed to be angels on Earth. The stark, dramatic black and white images - beautifully shot by Kaname Onoyama - are redolent of classic Magnum photography, but they are influenced just as much by the religious painting of Caravaggio and Rubens.
The themes of racism, suffering, police brutality are delivered with operatic gravity, leading to an almost unbearable finale - the ripping of an angel's wings from his body, in front of a crowd of onlookers.
It is harrowing, but also unforgettable: the most powerful indictment of man's perpetual weakness - the impulse to try to destroy what he does not understand and therefore fears.
|Production Company||London Alley|
|Executive Producer||Jess Bell|
|Production Manager||Colin Greyvensteyn|
|1st AD||Westley Durand|
|Director of Photography||Kaname Onoyama|
|Art Director||Laurence Bishop|
|Editing company||Portobello Post|
|Post production company||Gloria FX|
|Director's Representation||OB Management|
|Label||Sony Music France|
|Other credits||2nd Unit Director: Sarah Tognazzi 2nd Unit Director Of Photography: Fabian Vettiger SFX Designer: Chad Waller Service Company: Triplane Films Service Producer: Sophia Dewberry Quoting Producer: Murray Macdonald Production Coordinator: Philip Townsend Production Assistant: Bruno Loureiro Cast Coordinator: Paul Harker 2nd Assistant Director: Clynton Kleynhans Unit Manager: Justin Bezuidenhout Casting Director: Jaci Cheiman Sound Design: Jason Peacock|
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