Bend It Like Beckham



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Bend It Like Beckham
Gurinder Chadha

This popular coming of age movie was published in Germany under the title Kick It Like Beckham and features a young woman’s struggle for equal treatment: Jesminder “Jess” Bhamra is the daughter of British Indian Sikhs living in London and also very much in love with football. Her conservative parents do not want her to play though because ‘it seemingly does not suit a woman’ – so behind their backs Jess joins the football team of her friend Juliette, trying to hide her passion for the sport for as long as she can.

As the film touches upon ethical and sportive topics an interdisciplinary teaching project with Ethics, Sports and Social Science is possible. There are plenty of teaching materials, film guides and units available on the internet.

· // · 2002

Critical edition

Bend It Like Beckham. Directed by Gurinder Chadha, Kintop Pictures, 2002. 112 min., FSK 6

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In favour of this entry

  • Award-winning
  • Gender equality
  • Intercultural perspectives
  • Students can identify with the text
  • Recommended by a federal state: Baden-Württemberg, Rhineland-Palatinate, Saxony-Anhalt