Kelsie Kimberlin – Another Chance To Live Again (VIDEO)
My new song and video “Another Chance To Live Again” are about the profound feelings of loss that so many people in Ukraine have experienced since they were attacked by war criminals starting in 2014.
I wanted to express and encapsulate the feelings not only of individual people but of an entire country and society so I used religious and spiritual references in the music and lyrics, and we filmed in several places of religious significance. I traveled to Ukraine to film the video in some of the locations of the worst atrocities in Irpin and Bucha.
The video begins at a destroyed cultural center that was once the go-to place for plays, concerts and other happy community events. Out back was the Irpin soccer stadium where teams and children once played and practiced. It is now pockmarked with dozens of artillery holes and thousands of shrapnel wounds. Another building in the video was once filled with hundreds of apartments where people lived peacefully before it was attacked with missiles. The destroyed bridge was initially used by Ukrainians trying to escape the enemy bombings until the enemy massacred hundreds of civilians driving across it.
The Ukrainian Armed Forces blew it up so the enemy could not advance with tanks and heavy equipment. The church scarred with shrapnel and broken religious icons is located right next to the bridge. We filmed with the permission of the Armed Forces while air raid sirens were blaring and attack drones and missiles were being shot down overhead. It was all very emotional for me because I knew that families with their children died right where I was filming. I talked to many people who lost loved ones and told them that I was there to tell their stories to the world.
One small miracle happened when we were filming the last shot. While I was singing in front of a blown out window in the apartment complex, a rainbow appeared in the sky behind me and remained while we filmed a dozen takes. A good sign.
I established a charitable foundation to help with the medical needs of affected Ukrainians, to support Ukrainian artists, and to create a platform for recovery and reconstruction, starting from this moment.
Foundation website: www.KelsieKimberlinFoundation.org
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Kelsey Kimberlin is the authorized representative of the National Security Information and Analytical Center of Ukraine Branch in the United States of America.