Major Lazer and Showtek teamed up with director Christopher Louie the try to use the photo of Omran as an inspiration for the video “Believer.” Though the photo is horribly sad, they wanted to find a way to look for the positive.
“Like everyone in the world I was heartbroken by that image, but I also saw a glimmer of hope,” Louie said. “As dark as the subject matter is, the point of our ‘Believer’ video was to capture the resilience of youth and the hope displayed by communities coming together to save victims from the rubble.”
In order to make it feel truly authentic to the situation, “Believer” was filmed on location in the Middle East. Local actors and filmmakers in the area also got involved in the production.
“There were countless obstacles that go along with shooting in an unfamiliar country but with the help of the local film community we got through them all and created something special in the process,” Louie added.Read more to watch the video for “Believer”: