Hostile deals with a range of complex legal issues throughout the film and during its making, the all-consuming impact of going through legal processes became clear. From applications to appeals, migrant communities navigate the complexities of immigration law and accumulate thousands of pounds in legal costs if they are not entitled to legal aid.

Lawyers, therefore, play a significant part in a person’s journey through the hostile environment and that is why Hostile is commencing it’s Legal Q&A Tour next week. The first stop on this tour is at Covington & Burling LLP, a corporate firm with offices around the world and a workforce of over 1,300. Covington has first hand experience of the hostile environment in their partnership with KIND – Kids In Need Of Defense UK – to provide pro bono legal support to undocumented children. 

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Hostile’s director, Sonita Gale, and partner at Covington, Brandon Thompson. The discussion will centre around the legal implications of the hostile environment, for example the impact on human rights, and how lawyers can get involved in Hostile’s impact campaign. 

The Legal Q&A tour will continue with the aim of engaging legal professionals to get involved with campaigning for positive change. Keep up to date with our latest legal screenings on our impact page here.