Directed by Andy Hines, the gut-wrenching story shows what happens when two people of different backgrounds and socio-economic opportunities intersect in life.
Logic and OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder just dropped a whole lot more than just another music video; their seven-minute visual for "One Day" is actually a powerful PSA about what's happening at the Mexican border.
The moving video opens with a black screen displaying the words, "BASED ON TRUE STORIES." Next come the words, "MEXICO-USA BORDER, 2018." Directed by Andy Hines, the gut-wrenching story shows what happens when two people of different backgrounds and socio-economic opportunities intersect in life.
Footage of a Mexican family approaching the U.S. border then plays. Consisting of a father, mother and their two children -- the youngest an infant -- the family tries to remain as quiet as possible to avoid detection by Border Patrol. The terror in their eyes goes from visible to palpable as they're soon discovered by an officer. "¡No, no no, mi familia!" the father begs the guard. He takes him anyway and locks him up in an SUV.
Another guard escorts the teenage son to a different car, then turns to the frightened mother to grab her baby. "¡No! ¡No!" she screams. "¡Para! (Stop!)" the teen interjects. She becomes hysterical, begging the guard to please let her be with her children. "¡Mis hijos, por favor!" He does not oblige, forcing her to watch her children drive off to who-knows-where.
With purposeful juxtaposition, the video then takes us to a happier scene -- the simpler life of a white, American family celebrating their young son's birthday in their Southern California home. Children are shown playing carelessly as their parents chat about niceties. We're then taken back to the life of the Mexican boy, who is now posted up at a less-than-ideal holding area surrounded by other captured immigrant children.
The water is rationed. The food is rationed. They're surrounded by metal fences.
Fast-forward to years later. As we watch the boys grow older, we witness the Mexican boy be taken in by a foster family, then flourish academically. He soon graduates from high school, then from college. He becomes a surgeon.
The American boy takes a different, darker path in life. He grows into a proud, racist bigot.
By the time we hit the year 2034, the American boy-turned-man witnesses a bar brawl between a white man and a black man. He gets up, knife in hand, headed toward the black man -- but ends up slipping and falling into his own blade.
He's rushed to the hospital, where the Mexican teen-turned-doctor treats his wound. When he spots the bleeding man's swastika tattoo, the two lock eyes. The surgeon removes his mask and lets out, "It's okay, man."
Logic and Tedder don't appear until toward the end of the video. The former is sporting a shirt that says, "F--K THE WALL."