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Written by David Knight - 23 Jul 2018

Bouha Kazmi's video for legendary French band Indochine’s Station 13 is not for the fainthearted. Visceral, brutal and harrowing, it's also an extraordinary achievement.

Kazmi apparently takes us into the mid-century struggles for civil rights. It's a beautifully dramatised scenario that instantly evokes the battles against segregation in the American South, and against Apartheid in South Africa. But Kazmi adds another, almost biblical dimension to proceedings.

The black men who are being serially persecuted and beaten by police are revealed to be angels on Earth. The stark, dramatic black and white images - beautifully shot by Kaname Onoyama - are redolent of classic Magnum photography, but they are influenced just as much by the religious painting of Caravaggio and Rubens.

The themes of racism, suffering, police brutality are delivered with operatic gravity, leading to an almost unbearable finale - the ripping of an angel's wings from his body, in front of a crowd of onlookers.

It is harrowing, but also unforgettable: the most powerful indictment of man's perpetual weakness - the impulse to try to destroy what he does not understand and therefore fears.

Credits

DirectorBouha Kazmi
ProducerSarah Tognazzi
Production CompanyLondon Alley
Executive ProducerJess Bell
Production ManagerColin Greyvensteyn
1st ADWestley Durand
Director of PhotographyKaname Onoyama
Art DirectorLaurence Bishop
WardrobeMoira Meyer
HairNikkila Mann
Make-upNikkila Mann
EditorJohn Holloway
Editing companyPortobello Post
ColouristJoseph Bicknell
Grading companyCHEAT
Post production companyGloria FX
Director's RepresentationOB Management
LabelSony Music France
Other credits2nd Unit Director: Sarah Tognazzi 2nd Unit Director Of Photography: Fabian Vettiger SFX Designer: Chad Waller Service Company: Triplane Films Service Producer: Sophia Dewberry Quoting Producer: Murray Macdonald Production Coordinator: Philip Townsend Production Assistant: Bruno Loureiro Cast Coordinator: Paul Harker 2nd Assistant Director: Clynton Kleynhans Unit Manager: Justin Bezuidenhout Casting Director: Jaci Cheiman Sound Design: Jason Peacock

Written by David Knight - 23 Jul 2018

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