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Archived Event: Hostile Documentary Screening and Q&A

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Date: 14 Jun 2023

Time: 6:00 pm

Venue: Online

Join us for an exclusive screening of Hostile, BAFTA and BIFA longlisted documentary, followed by a live Q&A with writer/director Sonita Gale.


Calderdale Valley of Sanctuary is excited to announce a special screening of the award-winning documentary, Hostile, along with a live Q&A with Director Sonita Gale -specifically for our Members and Supporters.

The film will start at 6 pm, followed by a Q&A at 7:45 pm.

You must register on our Eventbrite here:

We will send the private Vimeo link and Zoom link for the Q&A on the day of the event via email.



Film Synopsis: Hostile

Director: Sonita Gale | Countries of production: United Kingdom | Year: 2022 | Length: 97 min

Language: English | Certificate: 12A Cert

Film information:

Hostile is a BAFTA and BIFA Longlisted feature-length documentary written, produced and directed by Sonita Gale, 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 that target migrants, including No Recourse to Public Funds which is forcing people into destitution.

The film explores how the lives of international students, members of the Windrush generation and ‘Highly Skilled Migrants’ have been affected. The film features music from award-winning musicians Nitin Sawhney and spoken word from George the Poet. Nitin Sawhney also served as an Executive Producer.

★★★★ Time Out – Whelan Barzey: “A plea for humanity”

★★★★ New internationalist – Malcolm Lewis: “Looks at the anguish and pain the ‘hostile environment’ inflicts on people”

Running time: 97 minutes

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the director Sonita Gale.

About the Director:

Sonita Gale is a British Asian writer, producer and director. Elevating the stories of migrants and marginalised communities is at the forefront of her work.

Sonita’s debut feature documentary as director, HOSTILE, is an award-winning and BAFTA and BIFA-longlisted film exposing the ‘hostile environment’ for migrants in the UK. Hostile has screened across the country at Picturehouse and independent cinemas, and has been selected for a number of international film festivals. In 2021, the film debuted at Raindance Film Festival.

Since then, Hostile was a finalist in the 2022 Melbourne Documentary Film Festival (in the ‘Supreme Award’ and ‘Best Director – International’ categories) and was nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 2022 British Urban Film Festival, and. The film won Best Documentary Feature at the 2021 South London Film Festival, at Filmocracy Fest 2022 and the Roxbury International Film Festival 2022.

Instagram and Twitter – Hostile: @hostiledoc