ROMAIN GAVRAS : NO CHURCH IN THE WILD
So it seems this guy, Romain Gavras directs all my favorite music videos. Remember that Stress video for Jus†ice, with the kids running amock through their neighbourhood? That was probably one of my all-time favorites. What about that M.I.A. Bad Girls video with the crazy drift stunts in Morocco that made Lucas Black’s Tokyo Drift character look like a cross-eyed 6 year-old trying to ride a tricycle on a frozen lake? Now the French film-maker has directed Jay-Z and Kanye West’s No Church in the Wild, which is an anarchic 5 minute mayhem mash-up of the Arab spring / London riots. Or you can look at it as a hip-hop recreation of that Kourtrajmé clip for 365 days in Clichy Montfermeil. Regardless, the video evokes a similar riotous energy of the Stress video (yeah, I frickin love that). I think enough time has passed since London to say with utmost confidence that these guys will not pull the video like they did with that whole Levi’s Campaign issue. Check the video after the jump, along with a few of my favorite screenshots.