Rob Ulitski - 23rd Oct 2020

Roles are reversed in JAROP's thought-provoking promo for Akon's Ain't No Peace. 

The video opens with a short prelude, playing out a scenario that is devastatingly all too common in society: a black man having his life threatened by police for something exceedingly minor - in this case Akon using his phone in his car. A struggle ensues, the officer's gun goes off... 

Then script flips and we travel back in time, where the same officer is running from a mob, a hauntingly striking change of dynamic. Continuing in this vein, the video plays out with a complete role reversal, from the slave trade to current-day police slaughters. 

The visual delivers a cutting polemic on society's attitudes to racism, whilst also extending a beacon of hope, something that is so desperately needed today.

PRO Credits


ProducerMarco Sroka
Production CompanyBlack Flamingo Films
Executive ProducerJavier Romero
Production ManagerEdwin Escoboza
1st ADJ Dash
Director of PhotographyArturo Vasquez
Focus PullerAlejandro Villegas
Art DirectorJAROP
WardrobeOlena Bibi
Make-upLuza Makeover
EditorDaniel Mella
Editing companyBlack Flamingo Films
ColouristLeo Zuloaga
Grading companySymmetry Color Grading Studio
Post production companyBalkong Studios
Casting directorUlanova Talents

Rob Ulitski - 23rd Oct 2020

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