"Born Free"

Since From the Front Row is a movie blog and not a music blog, I don't generally post music videos. But I'm not kidding when I say that the controversial new video for M.I.A's "Born Free" by Romain Gavras (son of Costa Gavras), may quite possibly be the greatest music video of all time.

M.I.A, Born Free from ROMAIN-GAVRAS on Vimeo.

It's not just a music video, it's a short film all its own. And it's a masterpiece. Already banned from YouTube for its graphic violence and nudity, "Born Free" is making major waves, and takes the art of music videos to the next level. Don't miss it.


It's well shot. It's a good idea, but ultimately screams of a director deliberately being controversial to make a name for themselves. There is no story development, no empathy towards any characters, just gratuitous violence. Even the song is not really that great a fit for the clip when compared to other clips doing similar things.

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