Kaiser Chiefs unveil new human rights film during UK tour
‘We hope our fans will like this film and will relate to Amnesty’s core message’ - Kaiser Chiefs
The rock band Kaiser Chiefs will be screening an Amnesty-made human rights film ahead of their concerts during their forthcoming UK tour.
The short film, Make Some Noise, is a fast-moving call to action appealing to viewers to “speak out”, “rock the boat” and “shake the world”.
The film - a mix of pacey graphics and powerful still photography - poses a series of questions, including “Do you think we need to build more walls?” and “Do you think people in power should tell the truth?”
One of the photos that flashes up during the film is of the famous “boy in the ambulance”, the five-year-old Syrian boy Omran Daqneesh, whose stunned reaction to being injured in an airstrike in Aleppo shocked the world last year. His plight is contrasted with a prosperous-looking child from a safe country, with the words “Will you children have the same opportunities as this kid … or this kid?”
In October, Kaiser Chiefs also supported a campaign calling on the UK Government to do more to respond to the plight of civilians in Aleppo. A “Rally for Aleppo” in central London on 22 October saw hundreds of teddy bears laid at the gates of Downing Street to symbolise the desperate plight of children trapped in East Aleppo during a bombardment of the city by Syrian government and Russia forces.
Kaiser Chiefs, who are Ambassadors for Amnesty International UK, said:
“We hope our fans will like this film and will relate to Amnesty’s core message - that we need to stand up for people under threat whoever and wherever they are.”
Amnesty International UK’s Talent Producer Caitlin Birley said:
“This is an inventive, entertaining and really stirring film which captures exactly what so many people are thinking these days - that human rights are under renewed threat and we need to make some noise about it.
“It’s great having Kaiser Chiefs’ support. It’s a time when musicians and artists are speaking out about human rights. This film is a brilliant way of capturing the current mood.”
The one-minute film will be premiered tonight (22 February) at Llandudno Arena at the band’s first date of their eight-concert spring tour in the UK. For more information, go here.