“Bend it Like Beckham,” a 2002, British-German-U.S. film directed by Gurinder Chadha, will be screened Friday, May 16, as part of the International Film Series.
The series is co-sponsored by the United Nations Association of Davis and International House. Doors at I-House, 10 College Park, open at 7:30 p.m. and the film begins promptly at 8 p.m.
There is no charge, but donations are accepted with gratitude to help cover the cost of DVD rental, facilities use and refreshments.
Set in London, the film tells the story of Jesminder Bhamra (Parminder Nagra), daughter in a traditional Sikh family, who dreams of playing soccer for England while her sister Pinky (Archie Panjabi) and her mother (Shaheen Khan) make elaborate wedding preparations.
When Jess is recruited by her new friend Jules (Keira Knightley) to play in a local women’s league, she precipitates a culture clash that ripples outward from her own household, especially as she develops a crush on her coach Joe (Jonathan Rhys Meyers).
“Bend it Like Beckham” has been described as an ethnic sports comedy and is intended to get viewers in the mood for the upcoming World Cup.
The series will take a summer break and resume Sept. 5.