Refugee Week 2022: Film Screenings
To celebrate Refugee Week 2022 and the return of in person events, we’re unbelievably excited to announce three special film screenings across Berkshire!
After two years of holding the events online, our annual Refugee Week film event returns with not one, but three film screenings of incredible refugee-related films followed by Q&A Panels with special guests.
Please book your ticket, join the conversation and help refugees rebuild their lives in Berkshire
Flee: Screening + Q&A Panel – Wokingham
Thu 16th June | 7:30pm – 11:00pm | Whitty Theatre, Wokingham, RG40 3EU
Flee (2021), directed by Jonas Poher Rasmussen, is a Danish Animated adult documentary film which follows a Asylum Seeker as they share their story.
Join us in Wokingham for a special Refugee Week screening of the Oscar and BAFTA nominated Flee, followed by a Q&A Panel with special guests discussing the film and wider refugee issues.
Book your tickets here: https://wokinghamfilmsociety.com/coming-soon/2022/1/27/tbc1-c2ae6-mfebh-jhjxg-58s5h-r8grs-eb9wz
Presented in partnership with Wokingham Film Society.
Hostile: Screening + Q&A Panel – Reading
Thu 23rd June | 7:30pm – 11:00pm | Reading Biscuit Factory, Reading, RG1 7QE
Join us at the Reading Biscuit Factory 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.
Book your tickets here: https://readingbiscuitfactory.co.uk/whats-on/hostile-panel-discussion
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 Bill and Borders taking effect, the film asks: once the ‘hostile environment’ has targeted all migrants, who will it extend to next?
Sonita Gale is a British Asian writer, director and producer. 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, including the UK Asian Film Festival, Melbourne Documentary Film Festival, Budapest Movie awards and Manchester Film Festival, ZagrebDox and many more. In 2021, the film 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.
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Presented in partnership with Reading Biscuit Factory, Reading City of Sanctuary and Reading Film Theatre.
Hostile: Screening + Q&A Panel – Newbury
EVENT POSTPONED due to unforeseen circumstances.
Sadly, we have to postpone next week’s showing of Hostile at Newbury Corn Exchange due to unforeseen circumstances.
We are working to secure a new date and will announce it as soon as we’ve confirmed it.
Our screening in Reading tomorrow is still going ahead as planned.