Join us at the Newbury Corn Exchange for a special Refugee Week screening of the incredible Hostile, followed by a Q&A Panel with special guests discussing the film and wider refugee issues.
Presented in partnership with Newbury Corn Exchange
Hostile is an award-winning feature-length documentary written, directed and produced by BAFTA-longlisted filmmaker Sonita Gale. The film focuses on the UK’s complicated relationship with its migrant communities. Told through the stories of four participants from Black and Asian backgrounds, the film reveals the impact of the evolving ‘hostile environment’ – a term used by the UK government in 2012 to illustrate the atmosphere they wanted to create for migrants, with the intention of provoking them to leave of their own accord.
The film explores how the lives of international students, members of the Windrush generation and ‘Highly-Skilled Migrants’ have been affected. After decades of hostile immigration policies, Britain has reached a crisis point. With Brexit, the Points Based Immigration System and the Nationality and Borders Bill taking effect, the film asks: once the ‘hostile environment’ has targeted all migrants, who will it extend to next?
In 2021, Hostile debuted at Raindance Film Festival and was an official selection of Cambridge Film Festival, London Migration Film Festival, and the South London Film Festival, where it won the award for Best Documentary Feature.
Hostile: Film Screening + Q&A Panel
Wed 29th June | 7:30pm – 10:30pm | Corn Exchange, Newbury, RG14 5BD
About Refugee Support Group
Refugee Support Group helps refugees and asylum seekers to rebuild their lives in Berkshire.
Started in 1994 by a group of refugees, we now provide services to hundreds of families and individuals across all of Berkshire.
We support refugees from more than 50 countries who have escaped war, violence, persecution and modern slavery. Many have been victims of human trafficking. Some have been tortured. Some have No Recourse to Public Funds.
We provide a safe space, OISC accredited advice, practical support and social activities. We run English classes and assist with accessing education, volunteering and employment. We empower our community to access their rights, signpost to specialised services, and campaign and raise awareness of issues refugees face.