Watch Pussy Riot’s video for ‘Refugees In’ shot at Dismaland

Published on 18 November 2015

 

The Russian badasses, punk group and political activists Pussy Riot recently released a video filmed at Banksy's Dismaland installation in the U.K. on the closing day of the "bemusement" park on September 25.

Directed by Ralf Schmerberg and music producers BretonLABS and Ten Ven, the footage is as dark and chaotic as you would expect, but the message behind the song is empowering. The title is pretty straightforward—"Refugees In" is a song dedicated to refugees.
The song was written in only two days in collaboration with London-based Mike Snelle. Tolokonnikova, who said the song theme was inspired by a meeting between Pussy Riot and a young refugee from Sudan, also added the following inspiring words: “The time of grief for the dead should not become a time when we betray the belief of hundreds of thousands in the humaneness of the European world. Our grief should not teach us to aim for revenge, war and hate. It should teach us to help and show real compassion to each other.” 

Thousands of ordinary people across Europe are trying to help, but most governments are not matching their efforts. We believe in solidarity with human beings in need, wherever they are from, whatever their background. This is not a question of politics or nationality, but of saving human lives.

Pussy Riot will be working with London-based art group The Connor Brothers by helping the refugees in Calais, Paris through the NGO "Refugee Response Foundation." Pussy Riot is planning on visiting the city in January 2016 to build shelters in association with students from the architecture department at Cambridge University to assist with the ongoing housing issue. According to Nadya Tolokonnikova, Pussy Riot is planning on releasing more disturbing videos like the one below next year, and they "hope that you will not like them."
Pussy Riot were also on hand for Dismaland's final concert, and the troupe staged a performance art piece featuring fake protesters, riot police and a new song titled "Refugees In." Previous Dismaland performers included Run the Jewels, Fatboy Slim, Savages and Peanut Butter Wolf. 

Check out the music video below