WATCH IT: M.I.A. "Born Free" (Romain Gavras, dir.)

All the opening actions in this forceful new video from M.I.A. are red herrings. Some pun intended. Director Romain Gavras delivers an allegory that perfectly captures the anger and message of "Born Free," while also delivering what amounts to a powerful rebuttal to the anti-immigrant zeitgeist that's now crescendoed with Arizona's "show me your papers" law. A powerful, sure-to-be controversial video. Warning: The video takes a very disturbing turn about midway through. There's also brief nudity. --> watch "Born Free"

M.I.A. "Born Free"
Romain Gavras, director | Mourad Belkeddar, producer | El Nino, production co | André Chemetoff, DP | Gaetan Rousseau / Paradoxal, executive production | note: Romain Gavras is signed with The Directors Bureau and repped by Lana Kim