A beautiful short film by director Kristian Mercado Figueroa aka Kris Merc for Hurray for the Riff Raff’s track “Pa’lante.” Starring Mela Murder, the project was shot on location and held a lot of personal meaning for everyone involved, many of whom were of Puerto Rican descent. Kristian’s family was one of the many displaced by Hurricane Maria and the video is dedicated to his grandfather who passed away in the aftermath.
“The conditions on the island are still very poor. During the production we could all feel how painful it all was, how it’s been so long without enough help. The island is still strong, the people always positive, but you can’t help but feel the desperation and pain of the colonial condition, the sense of abandonment. Pa’lante is a very Puerto Rican mindset – be it a family struggling to stay together, or recovering from the hurricane, the Puerto Rican people are strong and they will always stand and move forward. And there is a beauty to that.”
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