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Sia’s Music Video For ‘Free Me’ Aims To Raise HIV Awareness With Powerful Performance By Zoe Saldana

Enigmatic Australian singer Sia, who is known for songs such as “Chandelier” and “Elastic Heart” — as well as hiding her face as much as possible — teamed up with Julianne Moore and Zoe Saldana recently. They collaborated on a music video for Sia’s new single, “Free Me,” and to also raise awareness for #EndHIV, a campaign to raise funds for HIV treatment research.

In this powerful music video for Sia’s “Free Me,” actress Julianne Moore narrates a deeply emotional moment where a pregnant mother (Zoe Saldana) is told by her doctor that she has HIV.

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The doctor continues, telling her that without proper treatment, she could possibly pass the virus on to her child. The music swells and the world around the mother, played perfectly by Saldana, melts away.

We proceed Sia-style, through a dark world of dance and emotions.

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Dancers join her, throwing her around, catching her, moving with her and seemingly ripping her apart as she tries to come to terms with what is happening to her. The dancers fight with one another, signifying the battle going on in her body.

At one point, Saldana dances alone with a backdrop of lights.

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She performs an interpretive dance to the hypnotic music, reaching out with clawed hands, only to have those hands pulled back. It’s a truly intense and bewildering dance that evokes some really strong and powerful emotions.

The video ends in with a powerful message.

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It also ends in tears: the mother’s tears, her baby’s tears and of course, our tears. A message for HIV awareness is narrated again by the sweet-voiced Julianne Moore as the video fades to black.

Watch the whole video below for the full effect.

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Remember to bring the tissues.

And if you know someone struggling with HIV, go to EndHIV.com to learn about the experimental treatment the video is promoting.


READ: Leave It To Zoe Saldana To Take Something As Dark As Her Character’s Baggage And Turn It Into A Message Of Strength And Redemption


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DACA Recipients Have Been Saved Temporarily, But Undocumented Parents Have Lost A Possible Lifeline

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DACA Recipients Have Been Saved Temporarily, But Undocumented Parents Have Lost A Possible Lifeline

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President Donald Trump spent some time on the campaign trial promising his supporters that he would do away with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) immediately. DACA offers young undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children some protection from deportations and gives them work permits so they can get legal employment. However, just a few months into his presidency, he has broken that promise, but not completely. According to The New York Times, the Trump administration has released memorandums saying that DACA will stay in place, for now. The New York Times also reports that the Trump administration says the long-term fate of DACA has not been settled and that DACA can still be revoked later on.

One thing that Trump has stuck to is getting rid of Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA). DAPA first showed up in 2014 as an Obama-signed executive order. The goal of DAPA was to allow for the parents of children born in the U.S. or those who have become lawful permanent residents to stay in the U.S. with some protections from deportation. Essentially, it would make sure that parents of children in the U.S. can’t be taken away from them, leaving them with no parents or guardians.

“On June 15, Department of Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly, after consulting with the Attorney General, signed a memorandum rescinding the November 20, 2014 memorandum that created the program known as Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (“DAPA”) because there is no credible path forward to litigate the currently enjoined policy,” reads a memorandum from the Department of Homeland Security.

As mentioned earlier, the long-term fate of DACA is still unclear but for now, the Trump administration has confirmed it intends to honor all work permits issued to DACA recipients. Mitú will continue to follow this story as it develops throughout the Trump presidency.


READ: First DACA Recipient To Be Deported Sues Trump Administration

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