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21 November 2021


by Syd Briscoe

Sevdaliza: “Genesis” - 2 mins 09s

A twisted CG landscape comes to life in this cryptic promo for Iranian-Dutch singer-songwriter Sevdaliza. The artist sports a dramatic look for the film, with starkly drawn eyebrows and wild hair echoing her seemingly burnt-out surroundings as she stands as the only point of light against the darkness.

Ever-shifting trees protrude from the earth beneath her feet as she contorts herself into dramatically choreographed shapes which control the landscape around her. The fact the singer is heavily pregnant only adds to the piece's layers of potential meaning, as she seems to bring life to an otherwise dead vista.

Otherworldly and strange, the film's final dedication ("to all species that try to survive another day") brings an environmental edge to proceedings. Since we're unlikely to be saved by a similar Mother Earth figure, it's a timely reminder that the realities of climate change won't look quite so stylish off-screen.

Cinematographer: Julian C Steiner

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