Hostile (2022) - HCRI Screening + Director Q&A
|Dates:||14 February 2023|
|Times:||17:00 - 20:00|
|What is it:||Screening|
|Organiser:||Faculty of Humanities|
|Who is it for:||University staff, Adults, Current University students, General public, Post 16|
This year marks the 10th anniversary since the Home Office began using the term ‘hostile environment’ to describe its approach to tackling immigration. Hostile tells the stories of those most affected by the policies adopted to make the UK a hostile environment for immigrants.
Hostile is a BAFTA and BIFA Longlisted feature-length documentary written, produced and directed by Sonita Gale, 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 focuses on the impact of the evolving 'hostile environment' policies that target migrants, including No Recourse to Public Funds which is forcing people into destitution.
The film explores how the lives of international students, members of the Windrush generation and 'Highly Skilled Migrants' have been affected. The film features music from award-winning musicians Nitin Sawhney and spoken word from George the Poet. Nitin Sawhney also served as an Executive Producer.
The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the director Sonita Gale. Sonita is a British Asian writer, producer and director. Elevating the stories of migrants and marginalised communities is at the forefront of her work.
Hostile has screened across the country at Picturehouse and independent cinemas, and has been selected for a number of international film festivals. In 2021, the film debuted at Raindance Film Festival. Since then, Hostile was a finalist in the 2022 Melbourne Documentary Film Festival (in the ‘Supreme Award’ and ‘Best Director – International’ categories) and was nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 2022 British Urban Film Festival, and. The film won Best Documentary Feature at the 2021 South London Film Festival, at Filmocracy Fest 2022 and the Roxbury International Film Festival 2022.
T?he venue is: Academy 3, Student Union, University of Manchester
Role: Writer and Director
Travel and Contact Information
Students' Union Oxford Road (also at number 9)