Short film: Baghdad Express

 
 
Before you watch the short film, look at these three sequences (without sound). They give you an idea, what the film might be about. Look at the facial expressions and body language of the people. This can help a lot to understand what might be going on.
What do you think the film will be about? Write down the story of the film in 2-3 sentences. (there is no right or wrong)
I think the movie might be about a girl who loves to sew and wants to work in the fashion industry. But then she gets a love letter and does not know what to do because the fashion school would be far away from her boyfriend.

 
The main character of the film is called Mila. Find out more about her. Watch the three sequences of the video. What do you see and hear in them? Make sure that the sound in the YouTube player is switched on.
 
  1. What do you see and hear in ?
     
    • Mila has got a job interview.
       
    • Mila says that she is really excited.
       
    • Mila and a friend are talking about their dreams.
       
     
  2. What do you see or hear in ?
     
    • Mila is working in the kitchen of a restaurant.
       
    • A friend wishes her good luck.
       
    • Her friend Talal says that she will have a bad day the next day.
       
     
  3. What do you see or hear in ?
     
    • Mila is talking to a friend.
       
    • Mila and her friend are talking about dreams and that they might meet later again that day.
       
    • Her friend is happy that Mila is trying to fulfil her dream.
       
     
 
 

While you are watching

The main character of the film is called Mila. Find out more about her. Watch the three sequences of the video. What do you see or hear in them? Pull the things that you see and hear to the correct video sequence. (When watching the videos, make sure that the sound symbol of the YouTube player is switched on.) .
 
  • A friend wishes her good luck.
     
  • Mila is talking to a friend.
     
  • Mila is working in a restaurant.
     
  • Mila and a friend talk about their dreams.
     
  • Mila says that she is really excited.
     
  • Mila has got a job interview.
     
 
 
 
What do you think will happen next? Could your imagined story still be right? Or do you think you need to change your idea?
Watch the next to find out. Also, try to find the answers to these questions:
  1. What kind of a job does Mila apply for?
  2. Why does Mila apply for this job?
Write down your answer in the empty box below.
Mila applies for a job in the fashion industry, probably as a sewer or fashion designer.
I think Mila wants to work as a sewer because her mother showed her how to sew when she was small and she loved it.

 
As the film goes on, Mila receives a letter and has to make a tough decision. Who do you think sent the letter? Can you imagine that anything or anyone could stop Mila to fulfil her dream to work in the fashion industry?
 
  1. Before you watch the next video sequences, read the different solutions to the questions and tick the one you think is right.
  2. Then, watch the video to see if your guesses were right.
 
  1. What kind of a letter does Mila receive? ___hint_placeholder___
     
  2.  
    • It is the answer of the fashion firm whether she gets the job or not.
       
    • It is a love letter from her friend Talal who works with her in the kitchen.
       
     
  3. Who or what could stop her from fulfilling her dream to work in the fashion industry? ___hint_placeholder___
     
  4.  
    • Her sick father needs her to care for him. He also needs her to help out in the restaurant. Therefore she cannot start a career in the fashion industry.
       
    • She is scared of working in the fashion industry because her friend has told her nasty things about the people there.
       
     
 
 
How do you think Mila will decide? Do you think she will open the letter and accept the job offer, if she gets one? Watch the to find out how the story ends.
How do you feel about Maila's decision?
 
Imagine you are a friend of Maila. What would you say to her? Would you advice her to change her mind? Write a short letter (about 6 sentences) in which you tell her how you feel about her decision and what you would do if you were her.
 
Afterwards, you can read an example letter.
Dear Mila,
I just heard that you decided against starting a career in the fashion industry. I am writing you, because I don't think that this is the right thing for you to do. I know that your father is sick and needs you at home and in the restaurant but I think you should not forget about your own dreams. Don't you think you could talk to your father and find out what he thinks about it? Maybe you can find a solution together. After all, I think what your father wants the most is for you to be happy. So, don't give up your dreams that easily. Love, …

 

Finally, think about your understanding of the video.

  • Did you find it difficult to understand what was said in the video?
  • If yes, why was it difficult?
  • What could help you next time?
  • Did you try to guess the meaning of words by using the pictures as help?

Helpful strategies

In this learning unit you have already practised some strategies to improve your understanding.
  1. to think about what you will see and hear before watching
  2. to form hypothesis about how a story could continue
  3. to look at facial expressions and body language to understand spoken language
  4. to guess the meaning of words(from the context, pictures, your knowledge etc.)
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