Rye Lane tells the story of Farhana, a 16-year-old Muslim girl who wears a hijab. On her birthday, Farhana decides to get a dramatic haircut but her conservative father who loves her dearly disapproves of this.
Farhana heads onto the streets of Peckham in search of a hair salon that will protect her modesty against the male gaze of unrelated men, but soon realizes that finding a hijab-friendly hair salon is no small mission and almost impossible on the streets of Peckham. Eventually, she finds B, an eccentric Nigerian hair stylist that creates a space safe enough for Farhana to remove her hijab, and finally get her haircut.
Rye Lane presents a contemporary social comedy set in multi-racial Peckham, South London. It looks at the dilemma of a girl who is too Western for her Indian family and too Muslim for the rest of the world.
Shooting format Arri Amira
Location – London, UK.
A 16-year-old Muslim girl who wears a hijab struggles to find a hijab-friendly hair salon in the multi-cultural streets of Peckham.
Producers – Anna Parcerisas and Sangamithra Sowmiya
Director – Bruno Fraga Braz
Writer – Mathapelo Mofokeng
DOP – Emily Nkanga
Camera Operator – Bianka Vago
Art Director – Jasmin Dodd
Editor – Annastasia Thorpe
Sound Designer - Gareth Young
Sound Recordist – Rory Cargill
2nd Assistant Camera – Dominika Besinska
Original Music – Darren J. Benjamin