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Hostile (12A) – Plus Q&A

Director: Sonita Gale
Language: English
Country of Origin: UK
Year: 2022
Running Time: Saturday 11 June, 7.30pm; 120m for screening and Q&A
Price: £8 (£7)

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About this event

Michael Brooke is back with us this evening to host a live Q&A with writer-director Sonita Gale for the screening of Hostile.

Hostile is a feature-length documentary focusing on the UK’s complicated relationship with its migrant communities. Told through the stories of four participants from Black and Asian backgrounds, the film reveals the impact of the evolving ‘hostile environment’ - a term used by the UK government in 2012 to illustrate the atmosphere they wanted to create for migrants, with the intention of provoking them to leave of their own accord.

The film explores how the lives of international students, members of the Windrush generation and ‘Highly-Skilled Migrants’ have been affected. After decades of hostile immigration policies, Britain has reached a crisis point. With Brexit, the Points Based Immigration System and the Nationality Bill and Borders taking effect, the film asks: once the ‘hostile environment’ has targeted all migrants, who will it extend to next?

More than simply a documentary, Sonita Gale’s film is call to action that brings the humanity to the forefront and cries out for a more compassionate approach from legislators to those who need our care.
★★★★ Whelan Barzay, Time Out
This is a powerful film.
★★★★ Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

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