My new video "Turn Back" is the third of the trilogy of videos I filmed in Ukraine in August, 2023. It has multiple meanings depending on the place in which you find yourself.
For many people, it is a plea to a loved one who looking for something somewhere else to find it right there at home. But for me, this song and video are about Ukraine.
First, it is a call for those millions of refugees who left Ukraine after the war began to come back home to help Ukraine rebuild.
Ukraine needs you and this is where your heart remains. Second, it expresses the longing of all those Ukrainians who have a friend or family member fighting near or far to come back home alive. In the video, you can see photos of thousands of soldiers who died defending Ukraine.
Those photos are posted on The Wall of Remembrance next to St. Michael's Cathedral in Kyiv, the bells of which were heard all over Kyiv in December 2013 at the beginning of the “Revolution of Dignity” of Euromaidan. Ten years ago, there were only 100 photos on that wall of the “Heavenly Hundred” who were killed by terrorists at Maidan in Kyiv. Now there are more than tenth thousands photos with more added every day. The destroyed russian tanks and heavy military equipment shown in the video are set up in the square next to the cathedral to remind people of the terror unleashed against innocent Ukrainians. These three videos form a trilogy of modern Ukrainian history, showing the dignity, strength and desire that ordinary Ukrainians stand for despite horrific difficulties.
Through these songs and videos, I am acting as a chronicler, calling on people from all over the world not only to feel the severity of the war, but also to help the Ukrainians get back what belongs to them.
Please like, comment, share and support Ukraine. After I returned from Ukraine, I launched a Kelsie Kimberlin foundation to help those injured and to raise funds for reconstruction. Please donate if you can.
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