Michael Kiwanuka 'Black Man In A White World' by Hiro Murai

Michael Kiwanuka 'Black Man In A White World' by Hiro Murai
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It begins with a howl. The disappointed howl of a single man, like the howl of decades from voices never heard while a helicopter hovers with menace above. ‘I’ve got nothing left to say,’ he tells us. ‘I’ve lost everything I had, and I’m not angry, I’m not mad,’ he reassures a culpable nation built on plunder.

And so it begins. A song. A film. With a clarity of voice, a clarity of vision that somehow feels lessened if it were called just a music video. Because it’s so much more.

With the able hand of Hiro Murai’s direction, this video carries unfathomable weight on its shoulders, with a grace and lightness of touch that is deeply arresting.

There is no indictment. No direct accusation, in lyrics or images. And still, we can’t help pine for a lost innocence that was likely never there. ‘I’m in love, but I’m still sad. I found peace, but I’m not glad’ we hear while a young boy stands alone at an intersection he’ll never cross. Our illusion of where our society’s debts lie quietly shattered as a police car violently strikes a life.

This video is nothing short of breathtaking. Its beauty surpassed only by its effortless, haunting substance. 

It leaves you crushed. It leaves you hopeful. It leaves you a different person than before you watched.

Already a stand-out video this year, and one of the finest examples of Murai’s directorial voice.


Hiro Murai
Production Company
Doomsday Entertainment
Executive Producer
Danielle Hinde
Jason Cole
Director of Photography
Larkin Seiple
Production designer
Hannah Espinoza
Michelle Thompson
Stunt Co-ordinator
Mindy Kelly
Michael Beaudry
Hiro Murai
VFX Company
Justin Hantz
Hiro Murai
Ricky Gausis
Grading company
Semera Khan
Emily Tedrake

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