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I SWEAR: An Interview with Richard Van Overbroeck

Please tell us about the projects you worked on before making ‘I SWEAR’. How did you start, and how did you learn to make films?

Initially, I am an author, composer and performer. I have worked on many music projects. But for “I swear” I had a precise vision of what I wanted. And it was following the meeting with my director, Nathan Hey, that we worked closely together for several months to bring this project to fruition.

Tell us about ‘I SWEAR’. How do you describe it?

I SWEAR It is a cry of anger and indignation at the return of hatred and shame

Is a tribute to the countless victims of obscurantism

Is a call, a hymn to peace, to respect, to love between men Identities, nationalisms, the quest for power and territory have resurfaced from the past and are still as deadly. They are unacceptable today in the face of the only real challenges for the future of our planet, for the future of our children.


Has History taught man nothing?

The battles we must fight are of a completely different order and much greater. Like those against famine, poverty, aid to developing countries and the urgent fight against the world war which threatens our Earth and our Life more than ever. Only brotherhood and love between men can save us Because if we do not act urgently, our generation will bear a heavy responsibility throughout history. And if gods exist, they must be screaming and crying as they look at us in deep despair.

All we need is Love

All we need is Peace

I swear


Please tell us about your favorite filmmakers.

There are many of them : Martin Scorcese, Michaël Mann, Frank Capra, Roman Polanski, Claude Sautet, Jacques Audiard, Olivier Marchal, Anton Corbijn, Pedro Almodovar, and in Japan Hirokazu Kore-eda, Akira Kurosawa and I forget so many!


If you were given a good budget, what would be your ideal project?

My next music video will be magnificent!


Describe how you would ensure that production is on schedule. What steps would you take?

Today that I met the right person, my director Nathan Hey who is very attentive and who does not hesitate to work and refine with me, I am rather confident.


What was the hardest part of making ‘I SWEAR’.

Meet the right people.


If possible, tell us about your next work. What plans do you have for your future work?

My next project is a beautiful new song! The music video, I already have it in my head. We will just have to make it happen.



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