WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY: Dhivya Kate Chetty
PRODUCED BY: Alysia Maciejowska
CAST: Dilek Rose, Umit Ulgen, Tavish McRorie
STATUS: in post-production
LANGUAGE: English / Turkish / Kurdish
Whilst waiting for her asylum claim to be assessed in Glasgow, a Kurdish refugee’s infatuation with a charismatic Turkish barber forces her to confront her past trauma in order to face the future in hope.
Commissioned by BFI Network / Film Hub North and Film4. Currently in post-production, for delivery Spring 2022.
“I have always been interested in stories around migration. I have a great love and affinity with French arthouse cinema. THE BARBER merges these interests. In the early noughties, I studied the harsh realities of immigration interviews: officers fixated on dates, times, and forensically proving inconsistencies in asylum seekers’ stories, with little understanding of the role trauma plays in memory. The knowledge that people from different sides of brutal conflicts can and do end up in the same small area of host countries, stayed with me. In 2017 / 18, I explored issues of migration and the legacies of oppression in my documentary, GLASGOW, LOVE & APARTHEID, reflecting and fulminating on former UK prime minister, Theresa May’s infamous statement ‘If you think you are a citizen of the world, you are a citizen of nowhere’.“
-Dhivya Kate Chetty