Inspired by William Ernest Henley’s poem “Invictus” and its source for mental strength of Nelson Mandela during his 27 years in prison, “Questionamentos” by Sao Paulo based hardcore punk band QUESTIONS has recently the official visualizer through another great music video. We sat down with the band to give you some more details about the track and behind the scenes details for the new music video.
“Mandela’s history is so powerful and so inspiring.” – says the band. Leaders like him, who gave his life to fight inequality and a racist and cruel system, are more necessary than ever. So we wrote some lyrics and also included a Portuguese translated version of the poem on the second part of the song, almost like a narration over the music. It’s something we didn’t try before with Questions, and we got pleased with the result.”
Video Credits: Photography: João Bonafé, Murilo Amancio and Bruno Figueiredo / Edited by João Bonafé, Murilo Amancio and Pablo Menna /Art direction: Edu Revolback / Directed by João Bonafé and Murilo Amancio
Asked about the details behind the creation of the video, they continue: “For the video, we wanted not only footage of the band playing. Actually, for the performance we got the support of Casa de Cultura do Butantã, which is a cultural centre in our neighbourhood in the extreme west of São Paulo and a place we have a historical connection with. Thanks to them!”
“But we also thought that this song had a lot in common with street art collectives, people who go out and spread their message across the city with stickers, tags, posters, graffitis. Edu, being one street artist himself, is in contact with a bunch of them, so we invited some, both old and new school, to a “session” of street interventions.”
𝑇ℎ𝑒𝑠𝑒 𝑎𝑟𝑒 𝑣𝑒𝑟𝑦 𝑡𝑜𝑢𝑔ℎ 𝑡𝑖𝑚𝑒𝑠 𝑖𝑛 𝐵𝑟𝑎𝑠𝑖𝑙 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑎𝑛𝑡𝑖 𝑓𝑎𝑠𝑐𝑖𝑠𝑡, 𝑎𝑛𝑡𝑖 𝑝𝑜𝑙𝑖𝑐𝑒 𝑣𝑖𝑜𝑙𝑒𝑛𝑐𝑒, 𝑝𝑟𝑜 𝑎𝑛𝑖𝑚𝑎𝑙 𝑙𝑖𝑏𝑒𝑟𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝑜𝑟 𝑠𝑖𝑚𝑝𝑙𝑦 𝑎𝑟𝑡 𝑟𝑒𝑙𝑎𝑡𝑒𝑑 𝑐𝑜𝑛𝑡𝑒𝑛𝑡 𝑖𝑠 𝑣𝑒𝑟𝑦 𝑖𝑚𝑝𝑜𝑟𝑡𝑎𝑛𝑡 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑢𝑟𝑔𝑒𝑛𝑡. 𝑊𝑒 ℎ𝑎𝑑 𝑎 𝑔𝑟𝑒𝑎𝑡 𝑡𝑖𝑚𝑒 𝑑𝑜𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑠 𝑣𝑖𝑑𝑒𝑜 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑎𝑟𝑒 𝑝𝑟𝑜𝑢𝑑 𝑡𝑜 𝑠ℎ𝑎𝑟𝑒 𝑖𝑡 𝑤𝑖𝑡ℎ 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑤𝑜𝑟𝑙𝑑.
“Questionamentos” is the fourth video we did supporting the album “Libertatem”, released in 2019. The previously released, “Achismo”, “Lutar” and “Exclusão”, can be watched below: