Latvia: Aminata releases video for Fighter

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Animata, who represented Latvia last year in Vienna, has released the official video for her new song Fighter.

The video was directed by Andrzej Gavriša, and has a boxing storyline. Aminata fights different opponents in both a claustrophobic underground arena, and Riga’s boxing arena. There were no body doubles used in the filming, and both of Aminata’s opponents, Sabīna Cucuta and Karina Sun, are professional boxers themselves. Aminata was trained in boxing by coach Evgeny Alekseev.

I have always wanted to shoot a boxing story, says director Andrzej Gavriša. Finally I have the opportunity to do it! We wanted it to look as realistic as possible, so Aminata has spent almost every other day for the past two months boxing! We used the arena in Riga to add to this realism. I would like to thank the producer, Julija Fricsons, for the great work. She has also shown us that boxers are the nicest and most open people!

Aminata has said the whole filming process was really enjoyable. Filming the first fight just felt so realistic! People cried and supported, as if it was really happening, and I just had this feeling that I wanted to win!, she laughs.

The room was also quite cold, but we had to walk around in shorts and a t-shirt. Non-stop filming for several days was challenging, but seeing the first results made me determined to continue – it spoke for itself.

Aminata competed in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 for Latvia, and finished in 6th place with 186 points. Aminata has written and produced this year’s Latvian entry, Heartbeat, with which Justs Sirmais will open the second semi-final.

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  • MarioVision

    I favored her last year’s *Love Injected*.. <3
    She deserved her 6th place & these 186 points..

    This year on the contrary, I do not favor Latvia's entry ''HeartBeat''..

  • MarioVision

    Watching this videoclip the concept really reminded me
    of one of my all time most favorites movies *Million Dollar Baby* <3
    (Won the academy oscar 4 the best movie of 2004 )
    Maggie(Hilary Swank) was born to be #1 champion but sadly 4 her fate was cursed to become paralyzed.
    She NEVER lost in that game with that b*tch that hit her off the record & caused her to fell down & hit her head in the chair.The referee had already declared her winner of the whole game.
    Its the most unfair thing in the world,that when you are #FIGHTER and have won too many fights in your life but its only the conditions that don't let you to BE the one you want/destined to be.

    Even if you are the best in your thing IF the conditions won't let you/allow you to show your skills then you go nowhere in life.