music • 08 Feb, 2017
Bangalore Skate Girls in Wild Beasts' MV for ‘Alpha Female’
Director Sasha Rainbow Carves Up Stereotypes
In 2017, sari-wearing girls from Bangalore skate in film clips for indie alt-rock bands from the UK. And, as far we’re concerned, it’s not before time. Wild Beasts have been one of the darlings of the British indie-scene since their second studio album, ‘Two Dancers’ was nominated for the Mercury Award in 2009. It didn’t win, but that hasn’t stopped them releasing three more critically acclaimed records, including the one that this track is from, ‘Boy King’.
In the film clip shot in Bangalore, director Sasha Rainbow follows India’s first professional female skater Atita Verghese, and the all-female skate crews Girl Skate India and Holy Stoke Skate Crew. So inspired by what she saw was Sasha that’s she’s about to create a full documentary on the girls;
"In places like Afghanistan, Cambodia, and India, skating has not been solidified as a male sport and therefore has had a massive cultural impact, teaching values about self-empowerment through skateboarding. Because of the current political climate in the west and attitudes of intolerance and sexism across the world, I wanted to create a video that celebrates everyone who takes the risk to be themselves."
Well done girlfriend. Check out the clip below. We love it.
Words by jonaspin