Video: “Close Your Eyes (And Count To Fuck)” – Run The Jewels Ft. Zach de la Rocha

La estampida de canción que es Close Your Eyes (And Count To Fuck) al fin recibe video, y semejante video! Killer Mike, El-P y Zach de la Rocha aparecen sólo al comienzo de este caminando por una calle que será el escenario para una desastrosa e interminable pelea entre un policia blanco y un joven negro. Ambos luchan por horas, haciéndose llaves, empujándose, estrangulándose, e incluso cuando se rocían gas pimienta en los ojos, la absurda lucha continúa. Close Your Eyes es poderosa en su mensaje, y el video se mantiene en esa línea de comentario social que tanto me gusta de Run The Jewels y Zach de la Rocha. Viendo a ambos personajes pelear, sin armas, en igualdad de condiciones (a excepción de las esposas y el gas pimienta del policia), y a punta de forcejeos y bofetones, muestra lo ridícula e irracional que es la violencia; así como la cobarde y pusilánime que resulta la brutalidad policíaca. Al respecto del video A.G. Rojas (director del video), Killer Mike y El-P dijeron lo siguiente:

A.G. Rojas: “When Run The Jewels sent me this track, I knew we had the opportunity to create a film that means something. I felt a sense of responsibility to do just that. We had to exploit the lyrics and aggression and emotion of the track, and translate that into a film that would ignite a valuable and productive conversation about racially motivated violence in this country. It’s provocative, and we all knew this, so we were tasked with making something that expressed the intensity of senseless violence without eclipsing our humanity. For me, it was important to write a story that didn’t paint a simplistic portrait of the characters of the Cop and Kid. They’re not stereotypes. They’re people – complex, real people and, as such, the power had to shift between them at certain points throughout the story. The film begins and it feels like they have been fighting for days, they’re exhausted, not a single punch is thrown, their violence is communicated through clumsy, raw emotion. They’ve already fought their way past their judgments and learned hatred toward one another. Our goal was to highlight the futility of the violence, not celebrate it.”

El-P: “This is a vision of a seemingly never ending struggle whose participants are pitted against each other by forces originating outside of themselves.”

Killer Mike: “This video represents the futile and exhausting existence of a purgatory-like law enforcement system. There is no neat solution at the end because there is no neat solution in the real world. However, there is an opportunity to dialogue and change the way communities are policed in this country.”


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