Pussy Riot at Banksy's Dismaland on September 25th. Show 'em who's boss.

Music

11.19.2015

Pussy Riot Releases Charged Up New Music Video, 'Refugees In'

Yesterday, our favorite activist-artist/punk-rock gang Pussy Riot released a long anticipated video for ‘Refugees In,’ filmed during their live performance at Banksy’s Dismaland on September 15th. It features imagery of police brutality, and the band’s performance from inside a metal cage. It’s not exactly easy to watch, but you should. Everyone involved in the video found common ground in a strong belief that this European challenge belongs not only to Europeans and those seeking refugee, but to everyone. 

In 2015 alone, hundreds of thousands of refugees have arrived in Europe, and the numbers continue to rise. With unimaginable and numerous life threatening obstacles, most are escaping from war or persecution in Syria, Afghanistan, Eritrea, Iraq and Sudan. Even countries like Germany, which are widely viewed as more opportune and welcoming, are shifting towards a desire for less inclusive policy.

Pussy Riot inside a metal cage at Dismaland.
Pussy Riot inside a metal cage at Dismaland.

Refugees are met with discrimination, especially in lieu of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris. The United States is also divided on the issue, with several governors stating that they won’t allow Syrian refugees in their states. And so Pussy Riot suggested in their press release that the US should work more with Europe, as an example of a whole culture built on the entrepreneurship of immigrants and migrants. They predicted that in an atmosphere of intolerance, the world “will tumble back to the previous century; the era of nationalism,” one where “hundreds of thousands of Muslims, putting on the line everything they have to escape radical Muslim state, will never be able to see another world. Some of them will join that very ISIS, being embittered and disappointed in the good will of European states.”

The video speaks for itself. It was directed by Ralf Schmerberg, and done in collaboration with London-based art-group The Connor Brothers, founders of NGO “Refugee Response Foundation,” which aims to assist refugees in Calais. The melody is harsh, the lyrics scream protest, the images are unflinching, and all the while, the song is still catchy and replays again and again in our heads. This is the power of our activist artists, striking once again. As Nadya Tolokonnikova of Pussy Riot says, “We are planning to release a lot of disturbing videos next year. We hope that you will not like them.” Check out the video. We hope you won’t enjoy it!

Images via HANG-UP

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