“Brick Lane” was directed by Sarah Gavron and came out in 2007. It was originally adapted from the same book of the same name by the British writer Monica Ali, which was published in 2003.
The movie “Brick Lane” tells the story of Nazneen, who grew up in Bangladesh. At the age of 17, she had an arranged marriage to a man twice her age. She leaves behind her younger sister and moves to Brick Lane in London with her husband. Despite being married to a man she does not love, together they have two sophisticated daughters. Nazneen is not working, and looks mostly after her family and the flat they live in. Her husband resigns from work after losing his promotion and took loans from an unreliable and demanding lender. This leads to Nazneen starting to work as a seamstress to earn money to pay back the lender. Due to her husband’s beliefs, he did not approve of her work. He thought it was his job to provide the family, not her. Here we see the difference between what Nazneen’s husband believe is right and what the culture of Britain prefers, which is that women in Britain is a part of the working force. Nazneen’s marriage to her husband is without her content, and she just obediently followed her fathers’ orders to marry her husband. Her marriage to a man she does not love, leads her to struggle in her daily life to keep her husband happy. Deep in her heart, she is actually unhappy in their marriage. This is a cultural difference, where arranged marriage is common in Bangladeshi culture and not so common in British culture.
While working as a seamstress at home, Nazneen meets a young man who gives her supplies for clothes she had to sew. She eventually fell in love with this young man and has an affair with him behind her husband’s back. The movie also follows the 9/11 attack on the twin towers in the US, carried out by the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaida. It reflects on the heightened racial tensions in Britain afterwards. The young man Nazneen are having an affair with, starts a community group with other prominent people of the Brick Lane community. They were having meetings and the group were based on ideas of fraternity and unity. The group were also made to protect and respond to threats against them after the 9/11 attack on the twin towers. This is also tied to cultural challenges, where racial tensions between the community of Britain and the community groups that were made, leaded to the rise of extremist groups. These groups were often small and in order to make themselves seen and heard, the only resort is to violence.
Last week the school participated in «International Day», where we met and participated in activities that raises awareness of problems around the world. We got to learn what solidarity means, and attended lectures informing us about why this year’s project is devoted to Palestinian youth. We got the opportunity to meet people involved in solidarity work one way or another and people acquainted with Middle East who are from there or have studied there. We also met refugees from different areas around the world.
«International Day» was a fun and interesting day. Me and my friends met different people and listened to their lectures. We got informed about different things happening in their country and the refugee’s journey to Norway. We got informed about their experiences and adaption to the Norwegian lifestyle. The lectures were very informative and entertaining, and me and my friends had a fun day last week.
Today in class we watched a documentary called Girl Rising. The documentary was directed by Richard E. Robbins and came out 2013. Girl rising tells the stories of nine girls from around the world who faces arranged marriages, child slavery and other heartbreaking injustices. Despite these obstacles, the girls offer hope and inspiration for others. By getting education, they can break free from barriers and create changes.
The nine girls are each unique, but the obstacles they faced are ubiquitous. They live each in difficult circumstances, yet they do not consider themselves as victims. I have never experienced what the girls have experienced, so I cannot empathize with them. I cannot put myself in their shoes, so I can only show my sympathy for them and feel sorry for them. I wish I could help them, but there is not much I can do. The girls are alone, and the only one who can help them is themselves.
Wadley’s story made the greatest impact on me. She is from Haiti and when she was 7, a catastrophic earthquake destroyed her home and school. Even though she has been turned away from the schoolhouse day by day, still it did not break her irrepressible spirit and her extinguish thirst to learn. Her strong-willed mind impressed me and inspired me to never give up on something I really want to achieve. I was glad and happy that she got to go to school in the end.
The messages from the documentary that I think will resonate strongly with people who are not familiar with the issues, is the importance of equality and education. It is important to empower girls and women and recognize that they have the same rights as boys and men do. Educating girls and women is honorable and useful investment. The issue of providing equality and education for all is already making enormous progress and will lead to a better future for everyone.
After watching the documentary, it opened my eyes to the consequences of not having equality and education in a country. It can lead to poverty, prostitution or exploitation. I am thankful for living in a country where equality is respected, and everyone have the right to get an education. The phrase “One girl with courage is a revolution” implies that it is about time all girls and women are given the respect they deserve. All it takes for them is to have the courage to speak out, and I hope that they all do one day.
Gender equality is a severe issue in many countries. Women and girls represents half of the world’s population and therefore also half of its potential. Today, gender inequality persists everywhere. Inequalities faced by girls can begin at birth and follow them all their lives. Women and girls suffers from discrimination and domestic violence daily in several countries. 49 countries currently have no laws protecting women from domestic violence. Among these countries is Africa.
Education is extremely important and is the most powerful weapon which can be used to change the world. It is intertwined with gender equality, because these goals together are keys that will allow many other Sustainable Development Goals to be achieved. When people are able to get quality education they can break from the cycle of poverty, and therefore helps to reduce inequalities and to reach gender equality. Education is crucial for the sustainable development.
To work with these goals, requires participation worldwide. We must empower women and girls, and we also have to make education a priority in every country in the world. I personally, can start making changes in my life, at home, at school and in the community. It is time that we take necessary actions to achieve these goals.
The Sustainable Development Goals are the world’s #globalgoals for a better tomorrow. There were made 17 goals and each goal has specific targets to be achieved over the next 15 years. To achieve these goals will take everyone’s participation and involvement, including you.
There are not a particular goal that are more important than others. Each goal are important to make a better future. I think every goal are interesting to work with and I would like to work with them all. To work with and achieve these goals, requires participation and commitment to make the world a better place.