Amnesty You Are Powerful

Amnesty International has launched a video, “You Are Powerful”, to celebrate the sixtieth anniversay of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights’ 60th birthday. Michael Stipe sings the backing track, “Until the Day is Done”, from R.E.M.’s 2008 Accelerate album.

Amnesty International You Are Powerful


The video shows a range of people taking action to stop unjust treatment of prisoners, removing the noose, staying the charge of the riot police, taking off the blindfold, unlocking the door, intervening in a police brutality, standing in the line of a firing squad, disarming a child soldier. Viewers are urged to “Protect the Human” and sign up at protectthehuman.com

Click on the image below to play the video in YouTube (HD)

Credits

The “You Are Powerful” campaign was developed at Amnesty International at Mother London, filmed by director Kim Gehrig via Academy Films, with producers Ed Sayer and Lucy Gossage, director of photography Mattias Montero.

Post production was done at Smoke & Mirrors, Rushes and Framestore. Flame artist was Marios Theodosi. Editor was Joe Guest at Final Cut. Audio post was mixed by Ben Firth at Factory.

Lyrics for Until The Day is Done

The battle’s been lost, the war is not won
An addled republic, a bitter refund
The business first flat earthers licking their wounds
The verdict is dire, the country’s in ruins

Providence blinked, facing the sun
Where are we left to carry on
Until the day is done
Until the day is done

As we’ve written our stories to entertain
These notions of glory and bull market gain
The teleprompt flutters, the power surge brings
An easy speed message falls into routine

Providence blinked, facing the sun
Where are we left to carry on
Until the day is done
Until the day is done

A voice whispers “Son,
The blessed vision comes.”
What have I done
What have I done

So hold tight your babies and your guns
Forgive us our trespasses, father and son

Providence blinked, facing the sun
Where are we left to carry on
Until the day is done
Until the day is done
Until the day is done
Until the day is done
Until the day is done
Until the day is done