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RTJ “Close Your Eyes” Video Explores Futility Of Hate

Hatred can wear you down and be a drain on your mind state, for both the victim and aggressor.  “Racial Fatigue” is an increasingly familiar phrase surfacing on social media to describe the constant fights and debates over proliferation of incidents involving police and African-Americans in the United States. Killer Mike and EL-P explore this and the general futility of racial contempt in the clip for “Close Your Eyes,” directed by AG Rojas.

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“When Run The Jewels sent me this track, I knew we had the opportunity to create a film that means something,” Rojas says via statement on their website.  “I felt a sense of responsibility to do just that. We had to exploit the lyrics and aggression and emotion of the track, and translate that into a film that would ignite a valuable and productive conversation about racially motivated violence in this country. It’s provocative, and we all knew this, so we were tasked with making something that expressed the intensity of senseless violence without eclipsing our humanity. For me, it was important to write a story that didn’t paint a simplistic portrait of the characters of the Cop and Kid. They’re not stereotypes. They’re people – complex, real people and, as such, the power had to shift between them at certain points throughout the story. The film begins and it feels like they have been fighting for days, they’re exhausted, not a single punch is thrown, their violence is communicated through clumsy, raw emotion. They’ve already fought their ways past their judgements and learned hatred toward one another. Our goal was to highlight the futility of the violence, not celebrate it.”

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