M.I.A. embarks on a refugee’s journey in her new ‘Borders’ video

M.I.A. released new single “Borders” last week, and she’s followed up the song’s availability with a self-directed video that tackles Europe’s refugee crisis head-on. She performs in front of snaking lines of refugees made to climb wire fences and sail crammed together on tiny, crowded boats; at one point, she stands in front of a group of men made to spell out “life” with their positions on a fence. The song’s lyrics are simple and cyclical, but they’re making the same point. “Borders / what’s up with that,” she asks. “Identities – what’s up with that? / Your privilege – what’s up with that?” When combined with the video’s striking imagery, the questions are particularly pointed.

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