Last night Hostile screened at the BFI Southbank, closing the season of THE CAMERA IS OURS: BRITAIN’S WOMEN DOCUMENTARY MAKERS, as part of a selection of films which look at the influence of pioneering female documentary filmmakers from the 1930s until now. Thank you so much to musician and Executive Producer Nitin Sawhney and to the wonderful team at the BFI for making this such a special evening.
The conversations revolved around the reasons behind making the film, female film-makers of colour breaking the glass ceiling, archive and the importance of documentary film-making. There were around 300 people in attendance and it was great to see people from all backgrounds and ages come together to join the conversation.
Things have moved so fast since the making this film and immigration policies are evolving as we speak. Sonita and Nitin also brought the conversation to the tragic conflict in Ukraine. The UK has seen millions of people urgently seeking refuge and yet upcoming immigration bills, which compromise the rights of refugees, are unbelievably still being processed in parliament. These decisions are having a huge effect on people’s lives.
Watch the full recording here: