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.
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.
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