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BIJI 'Zigidi' by Maceo Frost

David Knight - 17th June 2024

Having already made a big impression at last year's UK Music Video Awards, Maceo Frost's superb video for Zigidi, the lead single from his own musical project with Robin Naziri, finally reaches a wider audience. And it really deserves to be seen. 

Kurdish/Swedish artist/actor Naziri and director/music producer Frost are collaborating as BIJI, acting as a lens into Kurdish culture through a blend of Kurdish and Western Asian music traditions with other influences, particularly hip hop. It's an audio-visual project which saw the pair travel to the Kurdistan region of Iraq last year to create the pulsating video for Zigidi.

It's a great mix of high-octane, petrolhead-friendly action and social documentary, as Naziri embarks on an improbable mission to deliver the prized BMW of a local boss through the desert 'without a scratch', while recalling flashbacks of conversations with the high elders. 

Featuring some brilliant stunt driving by Rozh mohammed Al-sheikhani, Maceo Frost handles the combination of action footage and dramatic interludes with great flair and just makes you want to watch it again - and learn more about this fascinating project. Great stuff.

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David Knight - 17th June 2024

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  • Documentary
  • Narrative
  • Pick of the Day
  • Performance
  • Hip Hop
  • Kurdish
  • Kurdistan
  • Stunt Driving

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Credits

Production/Creative

Director
Maceo Frost
Producer
Dewen Myrza
Producer
Zanyar Kamaran Qadir
Production Company
Service Company
Loop Agency
Production Company
Production Manager
Kirmo Manninen
PRODUCTION COMPANY
STUDIO BIJI

Camera

Director of Photography
Lionel Turner
1st AC
Hokar Maulod Rasol
DRONE OPERATOR
Zhiran Taha
STEADICAM
Hemen Bajelani

Casting

STUNT DRIVER
Rozh mohammed Al-sheikhani
STARRING
Robin Nazari, Rozh mohammed Al-sheikhani, Dewen Myrza, Yasa Mohammad Mostapha, Gailan Rawandzy, Nadr Rasul Nadr

Editorial

Editor
Andreas Arvidsson
Editor
Maceo Frost
SOUND
Felicia Steen Holm, Ponytail Sound

Grading

Colourist
Nicke Cantarelli

VFX

TINT TITLES & GRAPHIC DESIGN
Aleksi Tammi

Commission

Label
Empire

David Knight - 17th June 2024

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