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How does the filmmaker of 'Bend it like Beckham' present issues of culture and gender?

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Duncan Toon How does the filmmaker of 'Bend it like Beckham' present issues of culture and gender? Culture and gender are the two main issues of 'Bend it like Beckham'. In this film gender is put across by using sex and religion, but it is much more complex than that. Race, sex, religion and beliefs should not stop you getting a job; or achieving what you want in life. In 'Bend it like Beckham' all Jess wants to play football, however because of her religious and cultural beliefs her mom says this is not possible. In this essay I will be discussing the different cultures and genders issues in 'Bend it like Beckham'. Throughout the film Indian beliefs are portrayed by Jess and her family, this is showed by Jesses parents always wearing traditional Indian clothing. ...read more.


On the other hand Jules wants to wear sport clothes like Jess, plus Jules's dad encouraging her to play football. Jules mother wants her to get a boy friend and she is scared that she won't with bigger muscles than him. The first time Jules's mother meets Jess she is surprised that she plays football with her religion. Plus she is surprised that her name is Jess in till she finds out her real name is Jesminder. Gender is an issue in 'Bend it like Beckham' it is shown in mainly ways. Firstly when Jess is playing football in the park and Jules says she is good and she should play for her football team. After this the boys she was playing football with say to Jess and Jules will you take your shirts off at the end of the game. ...read more.


Also her dad wears a turban all through the film. At the sisters wedding all of the invites are wearing traditional clothing. Plus the music in the background has an Indian style. On the other hand when Jules parents come they make them feel welcome. In the film Jess get caught be her mother play fighting with a group of Indian boys. When this happens the camera zooms up it to Jess's face to show she is shocked. Another good camera shot is where we are first introduced to Jess with her mother in the shop. In this scene the camera switches over from Jess and her sister over to Jules and her mom. The filmmaker of 'Bend it like Beckham' has presented issues of culture and gender very well in the film. He has put two girls who both like football together, but with different backgrounds of culture. Plus the two families of the two girls disagree on playing football if you're a girl. ...read more.

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