It’s not easy being raised in a strict Muslim household. Between the 10pm curfews, banning of heretic (read: punk rock!) music and selective TV watching, twenty-four year old Yasmin Muhammad barely has the most exciting of life. But most of all, Yasmin is sick when she’s being judged all the time for wearing a hijab. And it begs Yasmin the question:
“Can a hijab girl do everything that a normal girl can?”
Everything changes when Yasmin chances upon a professional wrestling gym and does the unthinkable: she secretly signs up as a wrestler. Soon, Yasmin is trading her hijab for a mask and her awkwardness with unbridled high-flying moves as she becomes her alter-ego, the fearsome Zarith Blade!
But “laying the smackdown” on people is not what Yasmin’s meant to do in life. At least not according to her conservative mother Halimah. Yasmin hides her new passion from Halimah and for good reason. Halimah’s idea of having her good Muslim daughter clashes with the life of a professional wrestler clothes-lining and slamming people before a cheering crowd.
Things take a precarious turn when Yasmin’s secret double life is threatened to be exposed. And Yasmin finds herself in her most important match ever: wrestling (read: convincing!) her mother to give her the chance to keep her dream alive...
A new comedy from Papahan Films, Banting is about wrestling your dreams, challenging the rules and slamming expectations to find what you’re truly meant to do in life.