Marian Mereba – “Bet” (video: directed by Durimel)
Way back when TOAN Magazine was just a side project and I was hand-making a zine in my bedroom, I asked my Tumblr followers for feedback on my idea. To my surprise, I got much more than feedback, but requests to join my team. That wasn’t something I expected but welcomed gratefully. Among the many requests was a message from Jalan and Jibril Durimel, who were then residing in Paris with plans of coming to Los Angeles to pursue their dreams in film and photo. Fast forward a bit and the Durimel boys came to LA and were among the first handful of people to leave their mark on TOAN Magazine, starting as street style photographers and eventually branching out to styling and film endeavors. Fast forward once more, to today, where we applaud Jalan and Jibril for their latest directorial release, in collaboration with Ethiopian-American singer-songwriter, Marian Mereba.
This visual, shot on a vintage Bolex H16, focuses on the life of a young caribbean man struggling with the acceptance of his sexuality. As the story pans out, the viewer witnesses the struggle between the young mans self acceptance and social acceptance. The song itself was written by Mereba about loving a black man. Mareba explains to i-D Magazine, “It’s an ode to the black man who has been misunderstood by America.”
The video will be up for viewing at The Underground Museum, here in Los Angeles and you can read an in-depth interview with the Durimel Brothers and Marian Mereba here. If you can’t make it out the The Underground, we’ve got you covered, press play below.