This Music Video Is Going Viral In Saudi Arabia For All The Right Reasons

Breaking stereotypes with basketballs and skateboards.

Regardless of her age, a woman in Saudi Arabia cannot leave her house without the accompaniment of a male chaperone. She cannot drive. She cannot wear clothes that are too flattering or makeup. And she was just able to vote for the first time last year.

However, despite these restrictions, there is a growing movement of women fighting to be treated as equals. Using social media to circumvent their country's patriarchal-based laws, these women have been telling their stories to those who live outside the regime, including a newly released music video that imagines Saudi women in a world where they can do it all. 

Directed by Majed Alesa, the video features niqab-clad women skateboarding, playing basketball, and bowling, all without the supervision of a man. Only a handful of men appear in the video — not counting the cardboard Donald Trump or the boy behind the wheel of a car in one of the initial scenes. The title of the film loosely translates to "concerns" in English and features lyrics such as "May all men be erased as they've given us mental illness."

As of publication, the video has been seen more than 2 million times and continues to be shared by activists in the country, including Manal al-Sharif, whose arrest in 2011 after uploading a video of her driving a car sparked international attention.

Watch the full video below:


(H/T: The Daily Dot)


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