Final project group 3 - brick lane

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  • 1. Brick Lane Directed by Sarah Gavron

2. 3. Aims:

  • Examples of confrontation of cultures
  • Examples of intercultural collision
  • Nature of conflict
  • Resolution
  • Relation to our experience

4. Nazneen

  • Physically in Londonbut mentally trapped in Bangladesh (childhood sister)
  • Start of action: she starts workingto go back home
    • Affair with Bangladeshi man (Karim)makes her feel home
    • She starts to really live her life in London
      • Signs of happiness
    • Realization of London being her new home

5. Confrontation of culture

  • Old generation VS young generation
  • The old generation is represented by the father
  • The young generation is represented by the first daughter Shahna
  • Both the young and the old generation are combined in the figure of the mother Nazneen

6. Conflict between father and daughter

  • Shahna (daughter):
  • British-born Muslim
    • does neither belong to Bangladesh nor to England London only home she knows;
    • she embodies British culture
    • permanent inner conflictwhich peaks in the scene where she runs away;
  • Chanu (father):
  • Bangladeshi immigrant living in the UK
    • well-read person
    • near addiction to British literatureattempt of integration
    • subtle pride of his modern daughter
    • Desperately but unsuccessfully tries to provide for his family

7. Two different culturesthat collide

  • In Great Britain there was a negative portrayal of Muslims
  • September 11 represents a turning point in the film
  • It worsens the way Muslim people are seen
  • Muslims decide to fight against discrimination under the name of Bengal Tigers (vs. The British Lion Hearts) represented by the change of the character of Karim
  • The father cannot stand this situation anymore and truly wants to go back to Bangladesh

8. Resolution Italy

  • There is obviously an open end, there is not a real conclusion
  • Personally we do not like the way the film ends
  • Our ending proposals:
    • She divorces her husband and marries her lover
    • She marries her lover and escapes from London with him and her daughters
    • She comes back to Bangladesh and lives with her sister
    • She comes back to Bangladesh with her husband (a tragic end =) )

9. Resolution Austria

  • We think the ending is quite fitting and there is an actual conclusion
  • The viewer has the impression that Nazneen is independent and happy for the first time

10. Composition

  • Debut feature for director Sarah Gavron;
  • Use of lights and shadows, subtly to define the interior spaces;
  • Directed with a strong eye for colours & textures;
  • Exaggerated view of Bangladesh swelling background music, lush greenery etc;( stated as paradise)
  • Pace is painfully slow in the first half, comes together in the second half

11. Tannishtha Chatterjee

  • Tannishtha Chatterjee as Nazneen:
    • Superb performance
    • Authentic & emotional actingdoes not need to speak a lot to show the tension between Nazneens different roles and her inner journey;
    • Soulful actress
    • Her profound and lovely face carries the scenes along

12. What we have learnt

  • Intercultural differences
  • Intercultural collision
  • Clashes between cultures
  • Role of the woman in other countries
  • The importance of a relationship in other countries
  • The familys value

13. Our experience

  • During this exchange we have learnt:
    • What intercultural conversation means
    • Intercultural misunderstanding
    • Stereotypes and prejudices
    • What is an identity referring to multiple identities and differences between them
    • Gender (problems related to gender)
    • Concepts of family, religion, language and cultural background and so on in our and other countries