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Hostile Documentary Homepage2022-01-14T09:43:07+00:00

BRITAIN HAS REACHED A CRISIS POINT

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 focuses on the impact of the evolving ‘hostile environment’ policies, which are designed to make living conditions so difficult for migrants that they voluntarily leave the country.

The film explores how the lives of international students, members of the Windrush generation and ‘Highly-Skilled Migrants’ have been affected. What does it mean to be British? What does it feel like to be told you don’t belong? This film seeks to hear these voices and inspire viewers to take action to create long-term change.

The time to act is now.

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In 2018, the UK Home Office made £500million from immigration fees

Source: Channel 4 News

Children in migrant families are more likely to live in poverty compared to those in UK-born or long-term resident families. This is because they are more likely to live in households where at least one adult is not in employment, in privately rented accommodation and are more likely to have NRPF due to their parents’ immigration status.

Source: Migration Observatory

NRPF (No recourse to public funds) is a condition attached to migrants leave to remain which limits migrants from claiming public funds (benefits and housing assistance. This is leading to destitution for many migrants in the UK. Roughly 1.4million people are affected by No Recourse to Public Funds in the UK, with 150,000 of those people being children.

Source: Free Movement

In 2016, 2.5 million overseas-born people were in poverty (32% of all overseas-born people) – this contrasts with a poverty rate of 19% for UK-born people.

Source: JRF

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BAFTA 2022 Longlisted – Outstanding Debut By A British Writer, Director Or Producer

BIFA 2021 Longlisted for three Awards – Best Debut Director, Best Documentary and Raindance Discovery Award

Winner – South London Film Festival 2021 – Best Documentary Feature

Official Selection – Cambridge Film Festival 2021

Official Selection – Raindance Film Festival 2021

Official Selection – London Migration Film Festival 2021

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“This hostile environment was supposed to be about being hostile to people who were here illegally but the hostility extended to people who were here completely lawfully, in many cases for decades.”

STEPHEN TIMMS, LABOUR MP FOR EAST HAM

“They locked me up, saying I was illegal and they were going to deport me.. I’m angry, but sometimes I find it hard to show my anger because when I show my anger as a black man I’m a mad man.”

ANTHONY BRYAN, PARTICIPANT

“This government tells you all the problems you have are not your fault. It’s because of those migrants over there. It’s not our fault either. It’s because of the migrants.”

JEEVUN SANDHER, PARTICIPANT, ECONOMIST AT KING'S COLLEGE LONDON

“I think that what’s happening with so-called highly-skilled migrants has the potential to be something like a Windrush scandal again.”

GARGI BHATTACHARYYA, PARTICIPANT, PROFESSOR OF SOCIOLOGY, UEL

“As long as the general population is passive, apathetic, diverted to consumerism or hatred of the vulnerable, then the powerful can do as they please, and those who survive will be left to contemplate the outcome.”

NOAM CHOMSKY

“Historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew. This one is no different. It is a portal, a gateway between one world and the next. We can choose to walk through it, dragging the carcasses of our prejudice and hatred, our avarice, our data banks and dead ideas, our dead rivers and smoky skies behind us. Or we can walk through lightly, with little luggage, ready to imagine another world. And ready to fight for it.”

ARUNDHATI ROY, AUTHOR

“The very serious function of racism is distraction. It keeps you from doing your work; keeps you explaining, over and over again, your reason for being. Somebody says you have no language; spend 20 years proving that you do…there will always be one more thing.”

Toni Morrison, Author

“For all these years, I have been giving, giving, giving. I haven’t claimed a single penny of government money. Now I’m thinking, did I waste 17 years of my life giving back to this country?”

FARRUKH, PARTICIPANT, I.T ENGINEER

“I just want to live my life here. Why should I have to fight to be part of the society that I’ve grown up in? What’s my crime? I didn’t commit no crime.”

ANONYMOUS PARTICIPANT

“What does it mean when you have to fight to belong to a society? To me that seems completely anti-human.”

BRAD EVANS, PARTICIPANT, PROFESSOR OF POLITICAL VIOLENCE, UNIVERSITY OF BATH

“There seems to be in this country two completely separate worlds which live alongside one another.”

AKRAM SALHAB, PARTICIPANT, CAMPAIGNER FOR MIGRANTS ORGANISE

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TESTIMONIALS

“I’ve written music for about 70 films and television shows but I’m probably proudest of my involvement in this because it’s incredibly important and it’s the most salient thing out there right now” Nitin Sawhney, Award-winning Musician and Executive Producer of Hostile

“An important and revealing film with critical questions and revelations about UK society in the 21st Century.” Jon Snow, Former Presenter at Channel 4 News

“Thank you Sonita for making this film, it broke my heart, it made me angry…We are a society that’s inclusive. It’s not our natural thing to be divisive. Thank you for making a film that will make us think about these things and hopefully give us some optimism for change as well as breaking our hearts.” Ursula Macfarlane, Award-winning Film and Television Director

“Hostile is an extremely powerful film that showcases and highlights the very important stories which are hugely affecting our community. It is a film that will amplify the voices of many people who often are left unheard. Congratulations to Sonita Gale, her team and all the people involved who shared their stories.” Kyriakos Georgiou, Founder of The South London Film Festival

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