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Yasmin Case Study

vikiwalden | Monday November 05, 2012

Categories: GCSE, WJEC GCSE, Films & Case Studies, Non-Hollywood Films, Yasmin, Genres & Case Studies, British Film, Drama, Independent, Hot Entries, Key Concepts, Audience, Film Language, Representation

Paper 2 | Non-Hollywood Film | Yasmin

Synopsis

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The opening of Yasmin reveals a Britain where racism prevails. Khalid and his son (Nasir) open the shutter of the family shop, which has been coated in racist graffiti. Nas proceeds to sing morning prayers – his voice echoes over the city and surrounding hills through the loud speaker - calling everyone to prayer. Several Muslims are seen hurriedly preparing, except one - Yasmin. In a field, just outside of town, she swaps her hijab for skinny jeans and black heels. Then takes to her convertible car, puts on her sunglasses and drives to work. There is no doubt Yasmin is a modern woman.

At work, her close friend John complains about her wasting money on her car. His attitude is shared by her father. Despite their cultural differences, it is clear John and Khalid share some similar values and care for her. John and Yasmin are clearly quite close; a potential relationship is set up.

While Yasmin works, her father talks with a friend in a car garage. They discuss the growing distance between their generation and their children. 

After work, Yasmin visits the pub with John; she accepts an orange juice, while he has a pint of beer. Her white, female colleagues stare at her with a sense of unease. As the sound of evening prayer resonates, Yasmin returns to the field to change back into traditional dress and puts a wedding ring on her finger.

While Khalid tries to teach Nas to read the Koran in Arabic and to upheld traditional values, Yasmin is stopped by police in her car. She gives them her full details and driving licence without prompt – there is a sense she is use to this procedure.
Upon returning home, Yasmin discovers her husband (Faysal) is cooking on a bonfire in the garden.  She calls him a ‘savage’ and ‘banana boat’. Her father worries about her shaming the family name. While he demands respect in the house, he is aware of the freedoms on offer outside of his house and...


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