WATCH: Death Walk Song - A wakeup call for solidarity with migrant labourers
A group of artists has come together to create a powerful music video, titled the 'Death Walk Song', on the plight of millions of migrant labourers - uprooted, disowned and left to their own desperate devices of survival at this time of crisis.
The coronavirus pandemic and consequent risks and challenges thrust upon the migrant labourers have brought us face to face with the terrible reality of what we are – as a nation, an economy, a people. A group of artists has joined hands for this reality check in the form of a compelling music video, titled the 'Death Walk Song', highlighting the travails of this vast floating population of displaced and devastated migrant workers - alienated at once from their livelihoods, their places of work and even their far-away homes. Almost abandoned by the system to fend for themselves, or perish.
The video forces us to recognise how these labourers, who built our cities, are now forced to flee them and hope to eke an existence in their poverty-ridden homes. As the makers of the video say, "It was a heart-rending sight to witness thousands of them, left with no institutional support or social empathy, trekking their way home, hundreds of miles away. Many succumbed to disease and stress, while many others are still on their way."
This music video, based on a poem by Anvar Ali. is a cry of pain and protest, a poignant and searing reminder of our apathy, a rousing call to declare our solidarity with these labourers on whose toil our lives are built. The filmmakers have used an interesting technique, juxtaposing real footage of the labourers with a studio act. The music video was produced by Collective Phase One, Kochi in association with Uru Art Harbour, Mattancherry (Kerala).