Award-winning rock artist Alex Kavvadias today celebrates the launch of a music video aimed at raising awareness of the issue and impact of human trafficking and exploitation around the world. Kavvadias is an Australian-born Greek artist.
The music video titled “False Hope” was produced in collaboration with MTV EXIT (End Exploitation and Trafficking) – the largest anti-human trafficking campaign in the world. The gripping four-minute music video takes viewers inside the emotional story of a mother saying goodbye to her young daughter who leaves home to follow the promise of a job and new life. Hope for a better future soon fades as the girl finds herself trapped in the world of modern-day slavery.
18 Feet & Rising Sydney created the cinematic video and it was directed by Juliet Taylor. The lyrics were written by Dejan Rasic with music by the band Miss Cherry and production by AMMOS Music in Greece.
I’m truly honoured to be part of such an important global project. The trafficking of humans is one of the great evils of our time and I hope this song and video can help make a difference. – Alex Kavvadias
“The MTV EXIT team do a truly phenomenal job of bringing the issue of human trafficking and exploitation into the mainstream,” says Dejan Rasic, writer and executive creative director of “False Hope.” “I’ve had the honor of working with some hugely talented people to bring this project to life and I’m grateful for their contribution to the cause.”
ABOUT THE SONG ‘FALSE HOPE’
A young girl somewhere in Asia has been promised a job as a waitress in a foreign country. She has breakfast with her mother on the morning of her departure. The mood is sad but there is also hope and excitement about the young girl’s new
life abroad. She picks up her backpack and hugs her mother to say farewell. The girl opens the front door and walks through it, however it simply leads her straight into another room – a cell in a human trafficking operation. Confused and frightened, the girl is confronted by a strange and intimidating man who takes her passport away and forces her into a world of sex slavery. She is trapped and desperately tries to escape. Her mother breaks down in tears. They are separated by a wall, dividing their two different worlds.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Alex Kavvadias is an English singing rock artist based in Greece. Alex spent most of his life in Australia before moving to Athens. He was previously lead singer for the band ‘Matisse’ – signed to Sony Music Greece. Alex was also lead vocalist on the album ‘Rock & Roll Mafia’. He recorded two duets for the album; one with Australian artist, Lenka Kripac and the other with Johnette Napolitano from Concrete Blonde. During his time as lead singer, Matisse released four singles and music videos. They were also nominated for two awards at the MTV European Music Awards. Alex has performed at concerts in Greece, England and Scotland. He performed live at two ‘MAD’ Video Music Awards and many popular music shows in Greece. Most recently, he recorded a duet with cult music artist ‘Psarantonis and released his first solo single and music video titled ‘Stop playing with my heart’
Client: MTV EXIT
MTV EXIT Campaign Director: Matt Love
MTV EXIT Head of Creative & Content: Rebecca Mok
Creative Agency: 18 Feet & Rising, Sydney
Executive Creative Director: Dejan Rasic
Director: Juliet Taylor
Producer: Georgette Screen
Production Company: Juliet Taylor Productions
Editor & Colourist: Kris Rees
Music Artist: Alex Kavvadias
Lyrics: Dejan Rasic
Music: Miss Cherry
Arrangement: Miss Cherry
Music Production: AMMOS Music, Athens
For help in Australia, contact Project Respect +61 3 9416 3401 (9am-5pm Eastern Australia Time); Child Wise Australia-End Child Prostitution and Trafficking (ECPAT): Toll Free: 1800 991 099 (within Australia) (9am – 5pm Eastern Australia Time).
For more help in Greece, call A21 Campaign SOS: +30 2310019880 (24hrs) SOS Helpline (within Greece): 1109 (24hrs).