There’s something so wonderfully pleasing about synchronicity and in M.I.A and Gener8ion’s new video The New International Sound Pt. II, the discipline exuded by all involved is stunning. Featuring the 36,000 students of Shaolin Tagou, the biggest fighting school for children in China, it’s a spectacular sight to see kids of all ages perform these delicate but deadly moves in perfect unison.
Directed by Inigo Westmeier, these moments of conformity and fierce training are interspersed with the kids being themselves; reflecting after a tough practice, sleeping peacefully in dormitories and chatting excitedly with friends, albeit comparing scrapes and scars from their training. The song is great, but to see the strength, dedication and beauty entwined so elegantly throughout the video is fantastic.
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