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Independent Women: BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM
August 9 @ 6:30 pm
Independent Women is a monthly screening series bringing you underrated, overlooked, “Why haven’t I seen this?!” films directed by women.
“You seldom leave a theater walking on air, much less float all through a movie. But the joyous Bend It Like Beckham never lets you down.” – Washington Post
“A smart, lively and altogether warmhearted dramatic comedy that blends tradition and modernity on screen as adroitly as teenage Jess does in her irresistibly complicated life.” – Los Angeles Times
“Gurinder Chadha is a a queen.” – Madeleine Tangney, Videology Film & Events Programmer
“SPORTS!” – Shayana Filmore, Independent Women Curator & Host
A kaleidoscope of color and culture clash humorously as an Indian family in London tries to raise their soccer-playing daughter in a traditional way. Unlike tarty elder sister Pinky (Archie Panjabi), who is preparing for an Indian wedding and a lifetime of cooking the perfect chapatti, Jess’ ( Parminder Nagra) dream is to play soccer professionally like her hero David Beckham. Wholeheartedly against Jess’ unorthodox ambition, her parents ( Anupam Kher & Shaheen Khan) eventually reveal that their reservations have more to do with protecting her than with holding her back. When Jess is forced to make a choice between tradition and her beloved sport, her family must decide whether to let her chase her dream…and a soccer ball.
Dir. Gurinder Chadha. 2002. 112 min.