Sevdaliza 'Shahmaran' by Emmanuel Adjei

Sevdaliza 'Shahmaran' by Emmanuel Adjei
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The seven minute cinematic experience created by director Emmanuel Adjei for artist Sevdaliza explores and questions the fascinations and desires of the human mind, telling the story of the black man, who continues life in a cycle of oppression. The modern chains, of aspiring for success, power and decadence that create a false sense of freedom and autonomy. 

The video has a decisive sci-fi feel to it, the three year project utilising impressive special effects that give the expansive and empty desert an other-worldly feel. Having collaborated on other projects together in the past, Emmanuel Adjei and Sevdaliza have created a highly sophisticated, complex and beautifully executed piece. More an art film than merely a music video.

From the director

EMMANUEL ADJEI:

Carrying the burden of their ancestors, most black men today are still born into an environment that limits their freedom. Lost in a hazardous place from which they can’t seem to escape, their survival mechanisms have become their guide when making decisions. Whilst growing up, they have learned to fixate on the place where they know they need to be. Drawn to the dream of having power and success, they hold on to a false idea of autonomy. Yet, it is this house of freedom that has enslaved these men again. Chained to a fantasy, often of a materialistic nature, they remain upright throughout survival.

Credits

Director
Emmanuel Adjei
Producer
Melodie Saba
Producer
Chris Toumazou
Production Company
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Production Company
Handsome
Production Company
HALAL
Executive Producer
Chris Toumazou
Executive Producer
Gijs Determeijer
Executive Producer
Sam Fontaine
Executive Producer
Melodie Saba
1st AD
Jesse Hays
Director of Photography
Paul Özgür
Focus Puller
Ai Dang
2nd AC
Harper Thomas
Gaffer
Scott Ray
Art Director
Miranda Lorenz
Wardrobe
Inez Naomi
Hair
Devin Bianchini
Make-up
Carla Rosso
Editor
Emmanuel Adjei
Editor
Leila Sarraf
Editor
Marleen Ozgur
Editing company
Trim
Colourist
Vincent Heine
Grading company
Mathamatic
Post production company
Mathematic
Post Producer
Guillaume Marien
VFX
Fred Brandon
VFX
Yann Aldabe
Lead actor
Sevdaliza
Lead actor
Anunnaki The Great
Director's Representation
Compulsory.
Commissioner
Headfirst Mgmt
Label
Twisted Elegance
Production Services
Paranoiia Productions
Producer
Andrea Sastoque, Ariel Navarrete Spahn
Prod. Coordinator
Fabien Colas
Sound-designer
Sharkee
Drone Operator
Josh Yeo
PA
Nick Weir, Camilo Godoy, Ann Kocarek
Costume Designer
Creepy Yeeha
Stylist
Kristin Kathol
Special Thanks
Wetransfer, LBBonline, Biz3, Headfirst Music, Kadri Mahmoud, Kiran Mandla, Benjamin Mamou, Ine Kim, Phoebe Siggins, Red Bull Music

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