Five months ago, Gavras released the controversial MIA music video he directed, “Born Free.” If you have yet to acquaint yourself with this video, you can get the low-down here. At one point in the video, a mural appears that depicts three redheaded soldiers holding guns below a banner that reads “Our Day Will Come.”
The movie, Our Day Will Come, premiered at Toronto’s International Film Festival last week. It’s the story of a young boy and his teacher and their journey from France, where people with red hair are treated as social outcasts, to Ireland. Intriguing, no? Especially now, when we can make the connection between the new movie and Gavras’ music video five months earlier.
In an interview with the CBC, Gavras described why he chose redheads:
“I use gingers as the oppressed people because they’re a visible minority, but they have no community, which is interesting to me,” says Gavras. “They’re kind of a good symbol for what it is to be different. It’s more about people being different from the rest of the world, and being frustrated. Extreme violence can be a product of that.”
A couple of quick notes on Gavras, himself. He’s 29 years-old, the son of French director Constantinos Gavras, and easy on the eyes. It will be interesting to see if Gavras continues to reference redheads in future work as part of a larger story that speaks to visible minorities.