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This Music Video Thoughtfully Explore the 1980 Moscow Olympics Boycott

In a timely music video/short documentary hybrid, directors Jonas Bang and M.I.L.K. examine the boycott of the 1980 Moscow Olympics through the eyes of one of the athletes that it affected–West German javelin thrower Michael Wessing who was not allowed to compete.

Say the directors, “The Olympic Games is a peace movement, an arena for nations to compete and show greatness through sport performances rather than war and politics, but just as in 1980, politics has a habit of muddying those honest intentions.  So with the upcoming games in Rio and the personal disaster for the numerous Russian athletes banned due to a state-organized doping scheme, we felt it was time for a reminder to keep the Olympics pure and honor its peace-positive values. Remember that it is the athletes who pay the price of nations’ political game.”

The original song from Liima, “Russians,” was built around a horn section composed for the Moscow opening ceremony.

Watch below and read more here on 4AD.

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