Maverick Sabre’s Glory is a call for mental health awareness
Music video director Hector Docktrill opens a conversation about the damaging effects that a hostile environment can have on young men’s mental health.
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Shot in Ballymum, Ireland, the cinematic music video for Maverick Sabre’s track Glory highlights the song’s content by using the stories of locals.
Opening with a voice over describing the chilling realities of living with mental illness, Pulse Films director Hector Docktrill goes on to follow the man behind the voice as he travels through rural roads, attempting to cope with the feelings he describes.
More powerful, however, may be the juxtaposition between the adult men struggling with their mental issues, seeking outlets for expression, and the young boys explaining what it takes to be a man. Beyond the common facets of patriarchal manhood, like getting married and having a family, the kids are particularly stuck on the idea that a man must be willing to fight anyone at any time. The video closes on shots of the boys play-fighting, explaining that in order to be a man, one must be inherently violent.
The video uses real human stories to bring to light real human problems affecting young men growing up in hostile environments. As the final shot centers on a boy throwing punches at the camera, the viewer is met with the harsh reality that if people do not become aware, younger generations will face the same mental hardships as those before them.