David Knight - 15th Oct 2019

Canadian director Peter Huang has already made a number of powerful videos for Canadian-Colombian singer Jessie Reyez - including the extraordinary Body Count and her pugnacious turn opposite Eminem in Good Guy. Their latest collaboration is for Far Away, which is deceptively powerful with a humanitarian purpose.

This starts as one thing - a conventional, mildly salacious pop promo - before Huang starts to undermine the prevailing reality. We see this scene is being watched on TV by two generations of males in a lower-income American family, intercut with shots of Trump.

Huang's next reality is a Saturday night dance, featuring Reyez dancing with her boyfriend, among other couples - a serenity shattered by tear gas cannisters and ICE officials tearing people from their loved ones. Her lover is then visualised in a colourful Latin-esque portrait with his mother - and then he's dead in her arms.

Huang's imaginative use of imagery creates a sense of unease and chaos which serves to evoke the fear and horror created by Trump's immigration policies, the violence suffered by immigrants at the hands of ICE officers. The video implores viewers to 'be part of the solution' and directs them to JessieReyez.com, where three non-profit organizations are tagged: the American Civil Liberties Union, Al Otro Lado and The Florence Project.

In an official statement shared with CBS News, the singer has said: “I see myself in those that are being wrongfully persecuted. I see my dad anytime I see people disrespecting a Latino because they can’t speak English properly. I see those things. I wanted to make it as potent a visual as possible. So it can be a catalyst in your brain.”

Credits

DirectorPeter Huang
ProducerKaty Maravala
Production CompanyMad Ruk Entertainment
Executive ProducerMauricio Ruiz
Director of PhotographyKris Bonnell
Art DirectorNoelle Hindi
WardrobeSteph Major
Make-upAlison Sharp
EditorLaura Mcmillan
ColouristConor Fisher
Grading companyAlter Ego
VFXRyan Freer

David Knight - 15th Oct 2019

Related Content

video

SonReal 'Have A Nice Day' by Peter Huang

This lighthearted and abstract performance piece by Peter Huang for SonReal is a funny if somewhat unsettling video. The simple premise is extremely well edited and executed and is the perfect …

Promo News - 3rd Aug 2018

video

The Vaccines 'Give Me A Sign' by Peter Huang

Peter Huang, who directed the outstanding UKMVA-nominated video for Son Real's For The Town, now takes a confident swipe at the rock-mockumentary (or should that be the …

David Knight - 13th Oct 2015

video

SonReal 'For The Town' by Peter Huang

It starts like a regular hip-hop promo, but then it turns out that anyone who watches it is in for a heap of trouble. So you have been warned...

David Knight - 19th June 2015

video

WICTV: Peter Huang x The Vaccines

Another Web Cam Session from Word Is Cheap sees Canadian director Peter Huang - who directed the acclaimed MVA-nominated video for Son Real's For The Town – discussing the making …

David Knight - 19th Nov 2015

Latest News