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Q&A session with Hostile documentary director, Sonita Gale.

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45 mins

Told through the stories of four participants from Black and Asian backgrounds, Hostile reveals the human stories behind the UK government’s “hostile environment” policies, which are designed to make living conditions so difficult for migrants that they voluntarily leave the UK. Sonita Gale, the BAFTA-longlisted filmmaker who created Hostile, will share her documentary making process for 15 minutes and spend 30 minutes answering questions provided by our host and the audience.

Date and time:

Wednesday, 15 November - 17:00-17:45 GMT, 12:00-12:45 EST, 9:00-9:45 PST

Intended audience: 

Registration opens: 9 October

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Date and time:

Wednesday, 15 November - 17:00-17:45 GMT, 12:00-12:45 EST, 9:00-9:45 PST

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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.

If you would like to watch the documentary prior to attending Magnify 2023, it is available for streaming at:

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Hostile Documentary

1h 38m | 2022

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.

If you would like to watch the documentary prior to attending Magnify 2023, it is available for streaming at:

Sonita Gale (she/her)

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 has been 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.The film won several Best Documentary Feature  accolades, including at the 2021 South London Film Festival, Filmocracy Fest 2022 and the  Roxbury International Film Festival 2022.

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