Indie superstar’s new clip is too realistically violent for YouTube. British postmodern pop artist M.I.A. is responsible for her share of thought-provoking music, but her new video may be the most challenging piece she’s worked on to date.
The clip, for “Born Free,” is a short film by Romain Gavras, soundtracked by M.I.A.’s song. Gavras’ imagery is stark, realistic and horrifying: In it, a military team enters a housing project, violently raiding individual apartments, brutally beating terrified residents. The team rounds up all the project’s redheaded residents, throws them on a bus and drives them to the desert to be executed.
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