Simon Vozick-Levinson
December 28, 2009 AT 02:01 PM EST

Michael Jackson’s posthumous single “This Is It” finally has a music video. Not just any video, either, but one helmed by acclaimed director Spike Lee. Check it out below.

Lee’s clip is a heartfelt tribute to the late megastar, with whom he previously collaborated on 1995’s “They Don’t Care About Us” video. The new video opens with shots of Jackson as a small child — is there anything more heartbreaking? — interspersed with vintage and contemporary images of his hometown of Gary, Indiana. Soon it’s whirling through Jackson’s peak years, with well-chosen performance and candid footage illustrating his worldwide fame. Jackson’s countless fans serve as the clip’s co-star, mourning his loss and celebrating his life. At last, the camera comes to rest on Jackson’s iconic hat and sparkling glove, resting alone on a stool.

Given that he likely had no footage of Jackson performing the song “This Is It” to work with, I’d say Lee’s done a very nice job with this video. How about you? Let us know what you think of the video in the comments below.



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