Major Lazer & Showtek Find Hope in the Children of Syria's Refugee Crisis in Moving 'Believer' Video: Watch
A 5-year-old boy covered in ash and dust looks like a ghost sitting on the bright orange chair, his face partially caked in blood, his eyes full of emptiness. It's an image made famous overnight, the photo of a real boy named Omran Daqneesh. He has become a symbol of the bloody, continuing Syrian crisis, and it is harrowing to behold, but it's from this image that XOXO director Christopher Louie found inspiration.
"Like everyone in the world I was heartbroken by that image, but I also saw a glimmer of hope,” Louie says in a press release -- and it's that hope that he portrays in the music video for Major Lazer and Showtek's “Believer.”
“As dark as the subject matter is, the point of our 'Believer' video was to capture the resilience of youth and the hope displayed by communities coming together to save victims from the rubble,” Louie continues.
The video was shot on location in the Middle East with a local cast so as to keep the clip as “authentic as possible.”
“If it wasn't for the support from Sjoerd of Showtek and guidance from Diplo and his creative director Sara, this video would not have turned out as emotionally powerful as it has,” Louie says. “There were countless obstacles that go along with shooting in an unfamiliar country but with the help of the local film community we got through them all and created something special in the process."
Watch the moving clip below.