Janelle Monae: “Many Moons” Official Short Film (HD) (by janellemonae)
The Uncut version of the short film Directed by Alan Ferguson and The Wondaland Arts Society, “Many Moons.
The video, which Monáe promoted as a short film, takes place at the Annual Android Auction in the fictional city of Metropolis. During the auction, Monae’s alter-ego Cindi Mayweather performs for the crowd. During this, other androids walk down the catwalk, so that they might be bought off by the wealthiest of Metropolis: technology moguls, city officials, religious authorities, and crime lords. Each android costs billions of British Pounds. Mayweather performs so “feverishly” that she shorts out, and is taken away by Lady Maestra, Master of the ShowDroids (another alter-ego).
“However, when it is discovered that she does in fact have human emotion, she is “reprogrammed.” Here’s how: near the end of the “Many Moons” video, you witness her character start to “malfunction.” In response to this, the character Lady Maestra - Master of the Show Droids (on horseback dressed in equestrian riding gear) sends a crippling current of electricity to bring Mayweather back to her “senses.” Get it? Ok, I’ll wait… The trope of the whip, the slave, the slave auction, the slave master, and characters in the video like Deep Cotton couldn’t have been more clear. Well, maybe just to discerning minds. But it’s also interesting how Monae ties all these tropes in with the analogy of entertainment and live performance.” from Superbizzee Chronicles
If you haven’t seen this yet, you’re missing out.