Watch: Cass McCombs - "Run Sister Run" Video | Under the Radar - Music Magazine
Saturday, April 4th, 2020  

Watch: Cass McCombs - “Run Sister Run” Video

Mangy Love Out Now via ANTI-

Nov 22, 2016
Bookmark and Share

Cass McCombs released his great new album, Mangy Love, back in August via ANTI- (his first for the label). Now he has shared a video for "Run Sister Run." Befitting its title, it features a girl who runs, although it's much deeper than that. Rachael Pony Cassells directs the video, which stars indigenous leader, activist, and athlete Tracie Léost. In 2015 Léost did a 115km solo "Journey of Hope" run in honor of missing and murdered indigenous women in Canada and this video recreates parts of the run. Watch it below via Vogue (who premiered it), followed by a making of video.

Cassells had this to say about the video in a statement: "The video for 'Run Sister Run' was made in collaboration with young Indigenous leader, activist and athlete Tracie Léost and her family. 'Run Sister Run' brought to my mind thoughts of great female athletes - their discipline, strength and accomplishment, the ritual of preparation before a race. Running can be a powerful political act and tool for change. I remember Australian Aboriginal runner Cathy Freeman's 2000 Olympic win and victory lap carrying both the Australian and Aboriginal flag and how much impact that one run had (and the great controversy that ensued questioning her right to carry the Aboriginal flag at The Olympics which only recognized the Australian national flag.)

"Listening to 'Run Sister Run,' I remembered reading an article a friend had forwarded me about Tracie's solo 115km Journey of Hope run for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women in Canada last year. Her run was a rally cry against then Prime Minister Stephen Harper's repeated denial of a proposed public inquiry into MMIW in Canada. She was to me the embodiment of the archetype of the runner as messenger and therefore as protector. Her strength and determination is very inspiring. I remembered reading about Tracie's feet being shredded from blisters on the first day of her run and how she kept going by running a day in traditional moccasins to allow her blisters to heal. I contacted her and asked if I she would re-trace her run's path for the 'Run Sister Run' video. She agreed and is such a natural leader, she also became my location producer, enlisting her whole family to help. We filmed her from her mom's truck with her mom driving. Her grandfather built a perfect rig to further steady my camera from hay bales and blankets and rode along in the car while we filmed. We stayed at her grandparents house for the first leg of filming, the Métis flag featured in the video was in their yard. Tracie's father joined us for the Winnipeg leg of the filming so we had almost all of her original Journey of Hope support and logistics crew involved in helping me recreate her journey for the video.

"The history of women running in film contains so many images of women filmed from behind, running in fear filmed from the p.o.v of an attacker. It was important to me to not add to the visual history of women running in fear and only film Tracie running forward towards the camera looking forward, her body fearlessly reclaiming public space."

Also read our recent interview with Cass McCombs.



Submit your comment

Name Required

Email Required, will not be published


Remember my personal information
Notify me of follow-up comments?

Please enter the word you see in the image below:

There are no comments for this entry yet.