2. The Knife - "Tooth for an Eye"
Director: Roxy Farhat & Kakan Hermansson
Swedish electronic duo The Knife returned in 2013, after a seven year hiatus, with a highly political, experimental one hour thirty minutes of often uncomfortable noise. The duo stated explicitly that this album was influenced by the feminist and queer theory that they had been reading, and never is this more clear than in the "Tooth for an Eye" video, a simple but perfectly executed deconstruction of gender roles. The young girl who emerges as leader puts in a magnetic performance, staring dead into the camera and asking if you can let go of your inhibitions and learn from her as the men in the video have.
A Tooth For An Eye" deconstructs images of maleness, power and leadership. Who are the people we trust as our leaders and why? What do we have to learn from those we consider inferior? In a sport setting where one would traditionally consider a group of men as powerful and in charge, an unexpected leader emerges. A child enters and allows the men to let go of their hierarchies, machismo and fear of intimacy, as they follow her into a dance. Their lack of expertise and vulnerability shines through as they perform the choreography.