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'Silence Is a Killer' - Young people produce music video for song recorded by detainees

'Silence Is a Killer' - Young people produce music video for song recorded by detainees

18th December 2019

This powerful new music video 'Silence Is a Killer' was made in the autumn of 2019 to accompany the track ‘Silence’ originally recorded by Music In Detention in a UK immigration detention centre.

The visuals were created as part of our Voices to the World pilot project teaching young people attending ‘Mouth That Roars’ how to make a music video. Young people took part in workshops taught by experienced film-makers and had the opportunity to use state of the art equipment and were free to use any style they chose, with the song as inspiration for their thoughts and feelings.

“Silence is a killer
Speak out now and be a winner
Living in fear is very unfair
Mankind’s burden is heavy to bear”

The resulting video gives pause for thought about some of the causes of migration, whilst visually echoing the chorus from the song - originally written in immigration detention - through its representation of a silenced young man.

Silence Is a Killer

About the music video

The three-minute video opens with a young man walking through London when another young man wearing a high-vis jacket pushes him against a wall and tapes over his mouth and walks away.

More individuals approach and stick signs on him with words such as ‘scrounger’, ‘criminal’, and ‘get back on your boat’. The video shows footage of war, devastation, protests and displaced people on the move, before returning to images of the silenced young man in London.

One by one the young people remove the signs and proceed to walk single file behind him until they line up against a wall. The final symbolic act shows a young woman removing the tape from the young man’s mouth.

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This project was delivered with Mouth That Roars (http://mouththatroars.com) and Clock your Skills (https://clockyourskills.com/). The original track, ‘Silence’, was recorded by people at Brook House Immigration Detention Centre and Langley Green Psychiatric Hospital.

You can find out more about the original project that produced the song here: https://www.musicindetention.org.uk/player/?view=albums&album_id=71