David Knight - 17th Dec 2013

The song may be something of a throwback to the sexually subversive 1960s, but Yousef Eldin's video for The Vaccines' I Wish I Was A Girl challenges preconceptions in another way.

In an uplifting short doc, Yousef introduces three normal Palestinian young people, with hopes and ambitions that reflect a post-Arab Spring Middle East.   

Yousef Eldin:

"It was filmed in Ramallah and Jericho in Palestine and featured the three main cast members as themselves, Ayham is part of a band called Al Raseef, Nour is part of an all girls racing team called Speed Sisters and Abed is a teenager and budding graphic designer with plans to develop into the arts. 

"I'm based in London but we made contact with some people before traveling and then spent time there before the shoot to get to know them. We were keen to present a view of young people in the middle east that was the opposite of the usual politically charged stories from that region. 

"The short film/ documentary format appealed to the band as it is the end of that album for them and they were keen not to do any more films that they were the feature of, but were happy to the cutaways that appear in a TV screen in the kebab shop."

Watch 'The Vaccines 'I Wish I Was A Girl' by Yousef Eldin' here

PRO Credits


DirectorYousef Eldin
ProducerDan Dennison
ProducerAlice Wagstaffe
Production CompanyRattling Stick
Executive ProducerGeniveve Stevens, Ellie Fry
Director of PhotographyPiers McGrail
EditorJack Singer
ColouristMatt Hare
Grading companyGlassworks
Post production companyFramestore
CommissionerRed Light Management
LabelColumbia Records
Other creditsLocal Producer: Mashal Kawasamil Additional Camera; Yousef Eldin, Jim Harrison Cast: Noor Daoud Ayham Jalal Abed Al Rahman Murrar Mona Ennab A'el Raseef Band Hussien Abu Alwob Tamer William Nassar Mohammed A Special Thanks: Mohammad Farouqe, Betty Saa'deh, Amber Fares, Khaled Qaddoura, Mazen Zoabi, Lama Suleiman, Edurne Bargueno, Brixton Windmill, Cerne Canning, Nicola Wright, Nick Chappell, Mohammed Farraj, Abdullah Murrar

David Knight - 17th Dec 2013

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