Zhu's 'Generationwhy' Short Film Takes on Fear, Guns: Watch

Generationwhy ?by ZHU.
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A scene from the short film Generationwhy ?by ZHU.

At Wednesday night's (Oct. 19) final presidential debate, guns and the Second Amendment took centerstage near the beginning of the 90-minute showdown between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump. While the billionaire businessman promised to defend the right to bear arms no matter what, the former Sec. of State said she supports gun-owner's rights but would like to implement common-sense regulations that could save the lives of the 33,000 people -- some of them children -- killed by firearms every year in America. 

Grammy-nominated producer ZHU could not have known that weapons would play such a big role in the last debate, but the fear inspired by gun violence plays a prominent role in the electro-pop artist's just-released 11-minute short film named for his debut album, GENERATIONWHY.



Director American Millennial explained in a statement that the dark clip "is dedicated to those born into lives ruled by fear. It doesn't have to be this way. The answer may not be easy, but it is simple: never underestimate the power of one." It opens in a grim underground bunker where a lineup of six young men's bodies are scanned by an unseen authority figure before each one is asked to load a revolver with one bullet and play Russian roulette as a masked officer points an automatic weapon at their head.

The first four avoid certain death as the female computer voice intones, "fear makes the wolf bigger than he is," and a male voice adds: "nothing is as obnoxious as other people's luck." But when the fifth refuses and shoots at his unseen overlords, automatic fire erupts and one of the captives makes a daring escape into the woods.

The pulsing track doesn't kick in until around the 7-minute mark, at which point the teen is seen sprinting through a forest and stumbling on a patch of magic mushrooms that transport him to a brighter day and the promise of love and peace amid the violence. GENERATIONWHY debuted at No. 1 on the iTunes Dance chart and No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart upon release.