Mantra - Noisia

2016 / 4:09 min

Mantra chronicles the dangerous obstacles that refugees and migrants face on their journeys to reach safer harbours.

Music Video | Documentary | Original Story | Filmed: August 21 - 27, 2016 | Film: Alexa Mini | 1920x1080 | 16:9 | Colour | Location: Siculiana - Porto Empedocle, Sicily, Italy, Rotterdam, the Netherlands | Premiere: October 11, 2016, Youtube & Vimeo

 

Online: Vimeo - Staff Pick | Youtube

Featured: Billboard

Directed by: Sil van der Woerd | Producer: Oak Motion Pictures, Trent, Charlotte Scott-Wilson | Line Producers: Angelo Schuurmans, Giuseppe Contario | Dir. of Photography: Emo Weemhoff | Art Director: Romke Faber

Dancers: Juersson Hermanus, Suzana Gomes, Mohamed Yusuf Boss

Camera Ass't / Focus Puller: Alyssa van Veen | Data Handler: Boyd Bakema | Gaffer: Stan Widdershoven | Best Boy: Hidde Muskee | First AD: Andrej Kraus | Production Ass't: Demi Plettenburg, Roberta Caruana | Art Ass't: Bart Joling | Migrant Coordinator: Hamdan Suweid | Wardrobe: Fleur Enderberg | Dresser: Daphne Jonas | Choreography: House of Makers, Peter Leung, Matthew Pawlick-Sinclair | Runner: Femke de Bruijn | Location: Get Wet Maritiem, Ben | Concept: Sil van der Woerd | Edit: Sil van der Woerd | Compositing: Storm Post Production, Jack Kuiper, Luuk Meijer | Grade: Daphne Maierna | Music: “Mantra” by Noisia | Label: Vision Recordings | Thanks To: Elmar Noteboom | Thank You: Refugees and Migrants, it was a privilege and honour to work with you | Made With Support From: Tax Videoclipfonds

About The Project

In 2016, there were many stories in the news about refugees and migrants arriving in Europe. Most of these stories were told from a political or dramatic angle.

When we met these people in person, we above all encountered kindness and strength. We set out to tell a powerful story about the risks that they were willing to take to reach safety or a better living standard.

We filmed the video for Dutch Drum and Bass act Noisia in Sicily in Italy, and in the Netherlands in a special pool where we recreated the dangerous boat scenes.

Except two of the three dancers and the two cops, all the people portrayed in the video are actual refugees from Syria, and migrants from Afghanistan, Ghana, Mali, Nigeri and Somalia. Some fled from wars, others had economic reasons.

Production

When we filmed the migrants in Sicily, they had arrived to the European main land just days earlier. All of them spent some part of their journey on a boat. Some 'only' a few hours, others as long as 7 days, often without enough water and food. Some were witness to their friends or family drowning during the crossing of the Mediterranean Sea.

During production we shared several dinners with the migrants and they would share their stories which were often daggers to the heart. They were often mixed with stories of joy.

 

The painting featured in the video is made by Syrian refugee Khattar Shaheen.