Do the preparation task first. Then watch the short film and do the exercises to check your understanding.
Teacher: Zara. I’ve noticed that you haven’t selected travel journalism as one of your study options.
Zara: I need to speak to my mum.
Teacher: Would you like me to speak to her?
Zara: Good luck catching her, Miss.
Zara: But I want to travel and write about it!
Mum: I don’t have time for it, Zara. That’s it. End of discussion. Hello.
Friend: Hey. I’ve been looking for you.
Zara: I tried talking to my mum about my options.
Zara: She’s always got a meeting or something.
Friend: You should book a meeting with her.
Zara: (Laughing) Hey, let me borrow your phone.
Mum: Zara! What are you doing here? I’ve got a meeting!
Zara: Yes. It’s with me. I want to travel the world and I want to write about it. I’m good at it!
Mum: You know what? When you are married and have your own family, your husband will decide.
Zara: My teacher’s recommended me because of how well I’m doing. If you listened then you would already know.
Mum: You have to think about your future.
Zara: I am. You just want to get me off your hands.
Mum: Zara? Zara! So, tell me about this.
This film was created by Into Film, an organisation that uses film and media production to develop skills in young people in the UK. To watch more great films, have a look at their website: http://www.intofilm.org/
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Do you think a lot of young people have similar problems to Zara? What can parents do to help their children choose their studies and future careers?