Chris Martin and the band Coldplay have released a new crowdsourced music video protesting worldwide land grabs for the organization Oxfam, which according to their website “is an international confederation of 17 organizations networked together in more than 90 countries, as part of a global movement for change, to build a future free from the injustice of poverty.”
The clip, which consists of video footage and still images provided by thousands of the band’s fans, was compiled by Coldplay music video director Mat Whitecross and is set to an acoustic take on “In My Place,” recorded in the Absolute Radio Studio for the website One Golden Square back in 2002. The original version of the song can be found on the band’s 2002 full-length release, A Rush of Blood to the Head.
The resulting video is packed with thoughtful images based around the theme of displacement, and the personal devastation that can result from it. Among the Coldplay fans in the video are a smattering of celebrities, including actor Dominic Cooper and for a brief moment, British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran (he can be seen holding a sign that reads “stop land grabs” at around the 1:58 mark of the video).
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