This is Cathartic Conundrum's first ever music video directed and produced by Rivka Cohen.
Listen came out of a place of helplessness and now manifests itself as a song of empowerment. It's a song of protest that celebrates the activists, the culture workers, the organizers, the immigrants, and all marginalized folks who immediately experienced a real sense of greater oppression as soon as Trump was elected. I wrote it while folks were camping at standing rock and while refugees were being pushed away at immigration control upon the arrival to the U.S. I wrote it while contemplating if Trump was going to invalidate any and all efforts immigrants have made in becoming citizens and deport them (i.e. me back to Peru). He has since proven to do that and much worse.
I had contemplated moving back to Peru to combat the possibilities that my paranoia was instigating in my head. I felt hurt for my undocumented immigrant brother and sisters. I felt for my friend who couldn't pay tuition because Trump was causing inflation of the Mexican peso back home.
The video of Listen filmed and directed by Rivka Cohen captures my understanding of protest. Protest means understanding the way in which history repeats itself and being able to manifest new layers linked to old issues to shine light on the urgency for change. Protest means listening and taking time to understand folks being affected by current and past issues (in this case, folks being affected by the world views Trump was preaching and implementing). Finally, protest means love. It means gathering and building bridges with and between folks whom you've built or aim to build community and understanding.
Listen is about an immigrant who tries to cope with the issues of her country and simultaneously confront them from a place of love. Listen is the song for those who have listened and now need to be heard.
This video was made in association to no record label with no budget. This is a completely independently made project in Boston, MA. We thank all the volunteer artists and activists that made this video possible.
© 2018 Rivka Cohen and Anaís AzulAll rights reserved.