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A FILM STUDY GUIDE
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Bend It Like Beckham A Film Study Guide
© Gerry Lawson, 2003 Photographs and title logo © Fox Searchlight Pictures

Cover photo Parminder Nagra in BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM Photo Credit: Christine Parry © Fox Searchlight Pictures

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Present In Association with THE FILM COUNCIL and FILMFOERDERUNG HAMBURG With the participation of BSKYB and BRITISH SCREEN and in Association with HELKON SK, THE WORKS, FUTURE FILM FINANCING A KINTOP PICTURES/BEND IT FILMS/ROC MEDIA/ROAD MOVIES Co-Production

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A GURINDER CHADHA FILM

PARMINDER NAGRA KEIRA KNIGHTLEY JONATHAN RHYS MEYERS ANUPAM KHER ARCHIE PANJABI SHAZNAY LEWIS FRANKHARPER and JULIET STEVENSON Casting .................................................... LIORA REICH ................................................................CARRIE HILTON Costume Designer.................................... RALPH HOLES Production Designer ..................................NICK ELLIS Music Supervisor ......................................LIZ GALLACHER Original Score by...................................... CRAIG PRUESS Featuring Songs by ...................................BALLY SAGOO Editor ...................................................... JUSTIN KRISH Director of Photography ............................. JONG LIN Line Producer ........................................... PAUL RITCHIE Executive Producers ................................. ULRICH FELSBERG............................................................... ZYGI KAMASA ............................................................... SIMON FRANKS ................................................................HANEET VASWANI ................................................................ RUSSEL FISCHER Written by ................................................ GURINDER CHADHA.............................................................. GULJIT BINDRA ............................................................... PAUL MAYEDA BERGES Produced by ............................................. DEEPAK NAYAR and GURINDER CHADHA Directed by ............................................. GURINDER CHADHA

Run Time: 112 minutes

Movies reveal a great deal about us: our social and culturaltensions; how we think; how we behave; and the values we hold important. Examining representations of people, events, ideologies, and philosophies can help us understand our world and our immediate environment. The purpose of this guide is to assist teachers in using Bend It Like Beckham as a classroom resource. It is suitable for grades 9-11. The guide is divided into three broad sections: Pre-Viewingthat includes introductory information and topics for discussion that establish themes and situations raised in the narrative; Viewing activities that will help focus students’ attention on key select scenes; and Post Viewing questions that provide more in-depth considerations about issues raised in the film.

I am grateful to Judge Gurcharan Singh Bhatia C.M., Court of Canadian Citizenship,and to Mr. Satya Das for their insights into the Sikh religion and customs. G.L.

A FILM STUDY GUIDE By Gerry Lawson PRE-VIEWING Background Information The following information can be used to brief students prior to them seeing the film, or for clarification after they see it. Soccer is not an American term. It was created in the UK to distinguish Association Football from Rugby Football.“Association” was shortened to “soccer.” Soccer in Great Britain is known as “football,” and rugby football is called “rugby.” Mr. Bhamra says he was the best fastballer in high school. A fastballer is a cricket player, the equivalent of a baseball pitcher who specializes in fastballs. Jesminder and her family are Sikh. The parents’ native language is Punjabi. The man in the picture in their living...
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