Today on 17th May, is the premiere of Jamala’s new video I Believe in U. It is directed by Ihor Stekolenko, who has shot over a hundred videos for Ukrainian and foreign performers. The video shooting lasted for three days in Sintra and Ericeira, the suburbs of Lisbon, and Alentejo area, Portugal. The video featurs Fabio Taborda and Vanessa Taborda (a married couple, starring as the main character’s mother and father), as well as Rodrigo Duarte (the hero as a child) and Bruno Lagrange (the hero as a teenager), known for his starring in the famous Portuguese TV-series The Queen of Flowers. The role of the main character as an adult has been performed by Gonçalo Vilardebó.
Watch video here
This song is a calling for all disappointed, all who need help and support.
We had an awesome team, outstanding actors at the shootings! We had a very short sleep every night, worked in different corners of Portugal: on marble quarries, huge beaches, and in oak groves.
I wouldn’t like to reveal the plot, for everybody to be able to see an individual story. I’ll just say that Ihor Stekolenko had an idea for the video when he first heard the song. There is an expression, “everyone bears his own burden”, and in our story each hero has his or her own boat to collect their thoughts, feelings, anxieties, joys and sorrows during the life. Our hero “bears” it through the whole life. He is drowning, struggling with the nature, going through all the hardships, because he has a belief. You can’t live without a belief!
Thanks to the team! I am so grateful to the Ukrainian diaspora in Portugal for their active aid and support at all the stages of work over video!