2002 Bend it like Beckham
Side by side, we have a very young Keira Knightley, soon thereafter on the road to stardom, and Parminder Nagra, a British actress of Indian descent. They’re the stars of a film that uses female football to stage a wild interracial comedy, set on the outskirts of London. The 2002 Prix du Public UBS is called Bend It Like Beckham, because the former English champion isn’t just a pretty face on a poster in the girls’ bedrooms, he’s also a true football role model. Especially if you can use a ball to kick prejudice and outdated traditions in the face.