On Friday, Hostile screened to an intimate audience at the Glastonbury Festival, marking one of the highlights of the film’s Refugee Week screenings.
Wearing headphones the audience tuned into the important issues the film presents around immigration policy in the UK, and its impact.
Cineramageddon hosted a day of films which were around the topic of the hostile environment such as Don Letts’ Rebel Dread and Riz Ahmed and Aneil Karia’s The Long Goodbye.
Hostile was followed by a panel discussion hosted by film critic Mark Kermode, with writer/director Sonita Gale and the former executive director of Greenpeace John Sauven.
They discussed topics around the rise of the right around the world and how these governments are indeed influencing ours in the UK.
They also discussed the hostile environment and the different forms it takes, including environmental and ecological ones. And they discussed issues raised in Hostile, such as the No Recourse to Public Funds policy and its impact.
The panel also looked to the future, and talked about social mobilisation, and the positive trend we are seeing as grassroots organisations & political parties come together to collectively fight against the hostile environment .
The discussion was attended by filmmakers, activists and the wonderful inclusive Glastonbury crowd
This was a much needed debate in light of recent developments such as the passing of the #NationalityandBordersBill and the debate over the Rwanda Asylum Scheme.