Happy: Pharrell William’s Joyful Anthem Takes On New Meaning in the Streets of Kiev, Ukraine
Polish filmmakers Gosia Molska and Leszek Molski made a Ukrainian version of Pharrell William’s "Happy" featuring protesters in Kiev in early February 2014.
I love how the bubbly and hopeful song and dancers pose a challenge to the brutal reality imposed by then-President Viktor Yanukovych. The interviews toward the end of the film show just how powerful a transformative reuse of a pop culture meme can be.
Since the video was made, Yanukovych has fled to Russia, and parts of the Ukraine have been occupied by Russian troops.
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