Szansa na Sukces winner Alicja Szemplińska has just launched her graphic and thought-provoking music video for Poland’s Eurovision 2020 entry “Empires”.
The music video carries a significant message. As she told Polish broadcaster TVP, she wanted to highlight some of the crises the world faces. Men build great empires through their work and toil. But it’s these same people who can actually tear it down through their indifference to the environment, among other things.
The video certainly gives us food for thought, as we are met with a video homage of human destruction through both imagery and metaphor. Amid all of that ugliness we find beautiful Alicja, who is so poised and controlled you may forget she is only 17 years old.
Poland 2020: Alicja Szemplińska – “Empires” Music Video
The video begins with a visibly upset Alicja standing in front of huge sheets displaying dramatic war images. As the video continues, fire surrounds Alicja and archival clips show footage of our ravaged earth: devastation from war, pollution from factories, famine and poverty without end. It’s as though we are looking directly into Alicja’s mind and are witnessing the images running through her head.
The drama doesn’t stop there. Fiery clips of modern warfare and natural disasters as a result of climate change come to the fore, with blazing forests and fires from battle intertwined as Alicja struggles on the ground. Doves, enduring symbols of hope and peace, flee the flames around her.
But like a phoenix rising from the world’s ashes, our girl Alicja gets up. She rises before a cool blue background and walks though water — she is the calm after the storm. Before you get too cozy, though, floods come to the fore and we see Alicja walking through a thunderstorm. The final big note at the end gives Alicja one last release of anguish, which people should take as a warning.
Through the glossy video, “Empires” becomes a wake-up call for the world — a mirror for humanity to look into and fear.
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