Sia’s music videos are always something worth stopping for. They’re visually poetic and extremely enlightening. The new music video starring Zoe Saldana is no different. The actress appears in “Free Me” — an artsy dance video, accompanied by stunning choreography and Sia’s melancholic vocals. The song’s message is the most important component of all. The lyrics brings awareness to HIV. In this story, Zoe plays a mother who’s just been informed by her doctor that she has HIV and could spread it to her unborn baby. The story is narrated by actress Julianne Moore.
The chorus is: “Free me, free me/ From this pain I’ve been running from. I’m tired and I’m free falling/ Free me, free me/ From this shame I’ve ben running from/ I’m lost and I am calling you.”
On Sia’s Instagram, it states that all proceeds from “Free Me” will go to the Abzyme Research Foundation to help fund trials for the new e-vaccine that show promise to prevent HIV.
While HIV diagnoses among women have decreased, according to the Center for Disease and Prevention more than 7,000 women received an HIV diagnosis in 2015. Their report also shows that Black women have HIV more than any other group. In 2014, HIV cases among American women showed that 60% were Black, 17% were white and 17% were Latina.
American Pregnancy Association states that HIV is transmitted from mother to child during pregnancy, labor, delivery or breastfeeding and is called perinatal transmission. Perinatal HIV transmission is the most common way children are infected with HIV.
A 2016 report shows that less than 200 babies with HIV are born each year in the United States.
Here’s the “Free Me” in its entirety.
To learn more about how to find a cure to HIV, how you can bring awareness to the cause, and make a donation, visit End HIV.