Brown Sugar

  • Director

    Ruhi Radke

  • Country, Year, Length

    United States, 2022, 12:36

  • Category

    Narrative Short

  • Format


  • Festival Year


Film Screening & Ticket Information

When & Where to See this Film!

ON BECOMING: 6 films about what happens when we change.

April 24, 2024 @ 7:00PM • Kaufman Astoria Studios – Zukor Theatre

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On the day of her 12th birthday, Rue starts questioning beauty standards and how they apply to her.


Ruhi Radke, Writer
Ruhi Radke, Director

Director Statement

This short film is a diary entry from my heart. The conversation about body hair is one that is still personal for me today and my relationship with it has evolved over the years as a woman in her 20s. This is a snapshot of a confident girl who feels compromised by her lack of authority in her own life. Along the way she finds her voice and embarks on the everlasting relationship with beauty.

Director Biography

Ruhi Radke is a New York City based filmmaker and playwright with a film production degree from Emerson College. Her short Red Sari had its world premiere on the opening night of the Mustard Seed Film Festival, 2018; and her next short Jane, premiered at the 7th annual Imagine This Women’s Film Festival in 2022 and is currently on the Retrospective of Jupiter platform. Radke is also a fall fund recipient (2019) for The Future of Film is Female grant for her upcoming narrative short: Brown Sugar, which further explores beauty and cultural identities.