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MIA’s Video For “Born Free” Tests Media Limits

April 26th, 2010 by

MIA Born Free

Best described as an intense visceral explosion, ‘Born Free’ is the product of a multimedia relationship between French director Romain Gavras and British-born Sri Lankan M.I.A. Embroiled in controversy because of its brutally graphic content and blocked by YouTube and other US media outlets, ‘Born Free’ has engulfed the blogosphere like wildfire.

WARNING: This video contains graphic content and may not be suitable for all viewers

Some call the the resulting collaboration ‘situational normal,’ a product of the pairing of two highly creative and conscious artists; Romain Gavras is the co-founder of Kourtrajmé, an art and film collective noted for their stylish and socially conscious documentaries and music videos, while MIA is the self-appointed voice of the Tamil minority in her native country. For others, the nine-minute clip is a visually graphic and politically charged commentary that’s hit contemporary sterile media like a bullet between the eyes. Whatever your reaction may be, this unlikely duo’s shot of reality has started a conversation that won’t soon be over.

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