Sia is back with a heart-wrenching video for HIV awareness
Sia is at it again with another heart-wrenching music video -- and this time, it’s for a cause.
The video for her new song, Free Me, is narrated by Julianne Moore and stars Zoe Saldana as an expecting mother who has just found out she has HIV.
Through a moving dance, Saldana expresses the emotions connected with this news, a reality that many women face around the globe.
“The HIV/AIDS epidemic is one that can affect anyone, particularly child-bearing women around the globe,” Sia said in a release. “I’ve proudly joined forces with the Abzyme Research Foundation and the #endHIV Campaign for the release of my song, Free Me, to help raise funds and awareness for a potential breakthrough cure of the epidemic.”
The video was directed by Blake Martin and choreographed by Ryan Heffington, whose dance style you may recognize from Sia’s other videos including Chandelier, Cheap Thrills and The Greatest.
Proceeds of Free Me will go to the #endHIV Campaign, which raises funds for HIV/AIDS treatments.
Aside from Sia’s moving lyrics (“Peace may come/I hope it won’t take long… Free me/From this shame I’ve been running from”), the video ends with a daunting message as we see Saldana holding a new baby boy: “HIV/AIDs is the no. 1 killer of women of reproductive age worldwide.”
Watch the full music video below.