16.11.10 by Jeff


“Unoder” by Under Byen. Directed by Manyar I. Parwani, an Afghan-born filmmaker living in Denmark. The art direction in this is spectacular.

under byen unoder music video manyar I. Parwani

Watch the music video below!

  • http://theburdenofmystery.com evan

    wow. very well done.

    living/working here in small-town afghanistan, i’d say that would really cause some trouble here, if ppl knew you made something like that and you were living nearby.

    • http://www.jeffhamada.com/ Jeff

      you’re living in afghanistan evan?

  • http://thescrybe.blogspot.com The Scrybe

    I don’t understand it :(

    • http://www.jeffhamada.com/ Jeff

      this is based on the code of the japanese warrior – specifically “seppuku” the way a samurai must kill himself, in japanese culture it was seen as an honorable death

  • http://angeloulake.blogspot.com/ hannah lake

    this is amazing. reminds me of Matthew Barney’s stuff.

  • http://www.lukasdesimone.com.ar Luke

    cool. like Fever Ray

  • http://eric-morrell.com Eric Morrell

    Not to cut hairs but the costumes are great but the art direction is a few squares and a smoke machine.

    • http://www.jeffhamada.com/ Jeff

      i was under the impression that an art director focuses the overall look/feel of the video, the costumes, set, everything

      in any case i think the sparse set works well with the detailed costuming, just my 2 cents

  • http://thescrybe.blogspot.com The Scrybe

    Thanks Jeff, I already knew of “seppuku”, just didn’t (and still don’t) understand the relevance here. I guess it all looks rather good, but just didn’t move me in the way a good music video does. But maybe it’s the sounds. Hm.

  • Sandy

    Well personally I thought this was REALLY powerful. Loved it. The track was great too. The director did a great job creating an unsettling atmosphere and the mounting tension was perfect. He/She should do a video for Fever Ray – that would be a match made in heaven.

    I don’t think I ever understood why art has to be ‘understood’. Take whatever you like from it.

  • http://iknowthenervouswalking.wordpress.com alexander

    under byen makes me a bit proud of being a dane :)

    • Jenna

      Også mig!

  • Clara

    The costumes in this made me think of Margaret Atwood’s book The Handmaid’s Tale.