“Hostile” – Documentary Film Screening and Q&A with Film Director

Wednesday 9th November

Screening of the documentary film “Hostile”, followed by a Q and A with writer, producer, director Sonita Gale


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 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.


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 living 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 won the award for Best Documentary Feature at the South London Film Festival, was a finalist in the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival (in the ‘Supreme Award’ and ‘Best Director – International’ categories), and won Best Documentary Feature at Filmocracy Fest 2022 and the Roxbury International Film Festival 2022. Hostile also received a special mention for the Award of Excellence at the Impact DOCS Awards 2022, and an honourable mention for Best Indie Film at the Best Indie Film Awards 2022.

Social media/where to see film:

Instagram and TwitterHostile: @hostiledocGaleforce Films @galeforcefilms

Tickets available for upcoming screenings and Q&As at www.hostiledocumentary.com/tickets

This event is organised by Rethink Rebuild Society and Migrant Destitution Fund, in collaboration with Galeforce Films.