The video for Prince's new song CINNAMON GIRL is causing quite a stir
before it's even been released, as it follows the hardships of a teen
Arab-American girl in a post 9-11 America.
The clip, directed by video veteran PHIL HARDER, features OSCAR-nominated
WHALE RIDER star Keisha Castle-Hughes as an Arab-American girl who is fed up
with the anti-Arab sentiments she encounters in everyday life.
Disillusioned and angered, New Zealander Castle-Hughes' character
detonates a bomb in an airport terminal, exploding herself and others. But a
reverse motion immediately following the explosion reveals that it is only a
thought of hers.
Prince, who only appears in the video intermittently, sings, "Cinnamon
girl mixed heritage / Never knew the meaning of colour lines / 9-11 turned that
all around / When she got accused of this crime."
The video will premiere in America next week (begs18OCT04).