The idea of defiance in the form of protest, revolution, resistance and subversion is more important than ever. Too often, the narrative focuses on violence, rhetoric and pain, but defiance can also be beautiful. Its genesis is born deep within the soul and speaks to our most basic human emotions. These five films encapsulate that feeling...
Vogue - 'Women. Life. Freedom.'
Production: Somesuch x Dark Wave Film
Director: Roxy Rezvany
Roxy Rezvany’s film captures the beauty, courage and power of Iran’s women. The empty home and archival footage are a glimpse into the culture and vivacity of everyday Iranians and, ultimately, a portrait of what they’re fighting for.
Pairi Daeza - 'Iran-e Man'
Director: Naghmeh Pour
This film features 12 artists who came together to inspire hope and continuing support for the revolution in Iran. In speaking their message through different scarf designs, they put themselves at great personal risk, including never being able to safely travel back to Iran.
Lyft - 'America, As In Us'
Agency: Lyft Culture Studio
Director: Mohammad Gorjestani x Andrew Batista
Post: Company 3
This series of films are incredible portraits of immigrants standing tall in the face of discrimination in the US. Their resilience is the true spirit of America.
The New Yorker - 'Joe Buffalo: Surviving the Horror of Residential Schools by Skateboarding'
Production: Luminus Films
Director: Amar Chebib
Sometimes we need to stand up to the person on the inside before we can confront the world on the outside. Joe Buffalo’s story is an act of defiance against a system designed to “kill the Indian, spare the child”.
U2 - 'Every Breaking Wave'
Agency: Island Records
Director: Aoife McArdle
Post: Final Cut x Framestore
A conflict within a conflict. This short shows that sometimes, no matter which side you are on or what is happening around you, love is the most defiant force.