Experiencing Interruptions?

A simple Man

The past and the present connect and vibrate with urgency in this brief yet powerful collaboration between a Black Southern artist and a Brazilian film-making duo. Shot in 2015, before Covid and before BLM, the clip portrays a solitary figure, Sammy, in a bleak urban landscape. The rusty gates and barbed wire are softened by the the visceral melody of a negro spiritual fortelling the clouds of white supremacy ever present in the American landscape. Images blend to reveal a mosaic. Varied fashion ensembles, a melodic cry of pain, Black fingers scraping an unforgiving wall. It is haunting and brutal, yet brimming with possibility.

  • Artur Ratton
    Dom Salvador and Abolition
  • Lilka Hara
    Dom Salvador and Abolition
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Music Video
  • Completion Date:
    May 1, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    700 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director - Artur Ratton , Lilka Hara