Sunday, November 7, 2010


Bismillah [ir-Rahman ir-Rahim] - The common (simple) translation: "In the name of God, most Gracious, most Compassionate".

[Al]hamdulillah - In everyday speech it simply means "Thank God!"

"To say ‘Hamdulillah’ is to be grateful for what one has...

The images of the past decades have cast a veil on our identity as a people. We, as international brothers and sisters, are now witness to injustice in real time. We watch our Wars in HD.

It is time for us to claim our faces back.

This video is a global collaborative effort by 10 photographers- from London to Lebanon, Cairo To Canada, Abu Dhabi to America- to create a portrait of the New Global Citizens. They are DJs, MCs, poets, architects, teachers, doctors, parents and children. Most of all they are people."

A video about giving thanks with lyrics, flow and a beat that makes you want to chill and listen. A song about people who despite their differences in race, profession, background and creed are, first of all, people.

This is the work of numerous photographers in different capacities in several cities worldwide directed by  Ridwan Adhami under Ridzdesign. The video is beautiful. With each of the differences in each person there was also a refreshing change in the immediate visual background. Each person was captured in a portrait with very shallow depth of field giving a personal feel and resulting in a bokeh effect in many of the shots. The warm colours throughout the video are welcoming, blending nicely with the mellow beat.

give thanks


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