P.R2B, Chiara Mastroianni, Yael Naim… French artists cover “Baraye” in support of the Iranian people

In a clip directed by Marjane Satrapi and arranged by Benjamin Biolay, many of its artists such as Camille Cottin, Irène Jacob, Hugo Becker, Aure Atika, Syrus Shahidi and even Camille Chamoux cover “Baraye”, the title set up as an anthem for freedom and in support of the Iranian people.

In a clip directed by Franco-Iranian filmmaker Marjane Satrapi, French artists follow one another in front of the microphone to sing, in Persian, the title Baraye. Produced by the 50/50 collective, committed to equality, parity and diversity in the film and audiovisual industry, this video is part of the various speeches that we see emerging in support of the Iranian people.

On a black background appear images of Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi’s animated film about her childhood during the Iranian revolution. On a musical arrangement by Benjamin Biolay, personalities from the cinema or music take up the words of this title, in Persian, the translation of which is displayed on the screen: “To dance in the street/For the fear of a kiss/For my sister, your sister, your sisters.”

A protest song

Since the uprising in Iran born out of the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian Kurdish woman who died in Tehran while in police custody for violating the dress code, this chant has been heard regularly, both in demonstrations that are increasing in the country than in the rest of the world in the form of tribute or support.

Born on Twitter, Barayewhich means “for” Where “with” according to the contexts, was composed by the artist Shervin Hajipour, known for his participation in a tele-hook in Iran, which earned him prosecution from the Iranian authorities. The lyrics come from a series of protest tweets posted by Iranians that the artist has compiled.

Propelled in a few days by the many relays on social networks, Baraye quickly became a hymn to freedom. This is not the first time that it has been taken up by personalities who thus show their support for the Iranian people; Coldplay notably sang it during its concert in Buenos Aires, on October 28, alongside the actress of Iranian origin Golshifteh Farahani, invited to join them on stage.


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