Director: Romain Gavras
Director Romain Gavras takes all the live-fast-die-young absurdities of rap videos—speeding cars, dazzling stunts and provocative women—and transports them to a bombed-out desert, where they are quickly rendered into nothing but gimmicks in a stunning satire. The result is a chaotic cavalcade of insane feats, wacky dance moves and, as is typical of M.I.A., a deeply political streak running through it. The most arresting image is of M.I.A. nonchalantly filing her nails on top of a car as it careens on two wheels, which is simultaneously invigorating, frightening— and completely bad ass.