SKYFORGER today have released a brand new video for their track “Nekas nav aizmirsts / Nothing Is Forgotten” from their 2015 album Old Prussia, dedicating it to the 100th anniversary since the independence of their Latvian homeland.
Kristīne NEIKENA, who directed the video, says that main idea is there to remind that when it comes to Latvian history, “nothing is forgotten”, including the hardships and struggles of the Latvian people throughout the years.
The video tells the story through the eyes of a young woman played by Maija ARVENA, a rising Latvian film star. Her character’s journey is an emotional and symbolic account of the pivotal moments in the history of a Latvian nation, its birth, hopes, rise, fall and, ultimately, rebirth and strength while national landmarks, nature and events feature in the background.
Peter KVETKOVSKIS, SKYFORGER’s vocalist:
“As we celebrate the centenary of Latvia’s independence, we want to dedicate this video as an epitaph of sorts to all those whose lives were broken by all the wars and conflicts that have befallen our land, and to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, so that future generations could live happily as a free and independent nation. The thing is, history tends to remember only the key figures, including the villains and monsters, while the lives of hundreds of thousands of “ordinary” folks slowly disappear and vanish from the nation’s memory… Well, our song is about exactly these people and in their memory!”
Video director – Kristīne Neikena
Cameras – Mārtiņš Eglītis, Tomass Beķeris
Art – Elza Bukuma
Video editing – Mārtiņš Lazdāns
Concept and production – Andis Mikainis
Actress: Maija Arvena
SKYFORGER would like to sincerely thank everyone who participated in making of this video: Maija Arvena, Ģirts Majors and Artūrs Majors (Palladium), Inese Boka-Grūbe and Gints Grūbe (film studio Mistrus Media), Bruno Aščuks (film studio Centrums / Terra Europa), Oskars Timbars & GaCo, Ilze Krīgere (Latvian War museum), Gints Lundbergs, Jānis Freimanis, Dainis Stūrmanis, Kristaps Ēberliņš, Katrīna Vīksna, Iluta Reimarte, Pēteris Bērziņš, Normunds Jērums, Gatis Kalniņš, Toms Rumba, Jānis Belovs, Gatis Svoks, Toms Krivods and Latvian State Archive of Audiovisual Documents.
Very special thanks to Aigars Grauba, brothers Ābeles, Viesturs Kairišs and Askolds Saulītis!
Release date: 18th November 2018