(Note from Hit Like A Girl: This entry video is a duet between and female and male drummer. We realize it breaks the rules but, under the circumstances, we are allowing it. Anna is in Kyiv, Ukraine and was not able to make a new video for the contest this year. However, she still wanted to represent herself, her sisters and her country and asked if she could share the video she had. The words in the story are hers and have not been edited.)
We are from Kiev, Ukraine. We made this video in 2021, when the sky above us was peaceful. You know that a bloody war and genocide of the Ukrainian people are taking place in our country right now. The Russian army is bombing peaceful cities, wiping them off the face of the earth. They use all available weapon. They kill and rob civilians, including children, the elderly, women, pets, destroying all life.
However they do not know, that it is possible to destroy our cities and our bodies, but our free spirit and our souls cannot be killed. I want the World to know that Ukrainians are brave, strong and very talented.
This song for me is more than just a song. Because I deeply feel what it is about.
Anyone who has experienced the pain of loss at least once in his life is able to immerse himself in and to let this experience pass through himself.
Our school is currently closed. But we remain in Kyiv. I don’t want to run away from my home. This is my conscious choice. Now I try to help those in need – people and animals. This is our home. This is our land. We are UKRAINE. For me, this time it’s not a competition. This is an opportunity to speak about Ukraine and be heard by you.
Please don’t forget to tell your loved ones that you love them. We don’t have much time for this.
My thanks to my drum teacher and my friend Victor Gerchev for the opportunity to play this song and for the new experience.
Thank you, World, for your support!