OUR IMPACT JOURNEY
Our impact journey began in 2016 when Sonita completed the BRITDOC’s Impact Producers Lab in Finland, and has carried the knowledge from this course onto her future projects, aiming to utilise the wide-reaching platform of film and television to make impactful change in our society.
We then attended India and Doc Society’s Good Pitch India event in 2020 with Dharavi, one of our feature docs currently in production.
We have been learning more about the benefits of Impact Campaigns and how we can make a real difference to communities and causes with our films.
Over the coming months following the production and release of our films such as Hostile and Dharavi, we aim to achieve a series of impact goals which will provide a positive social contribution to the communities in the stories we tell.
We will continue to update this page as we refine our goals and hit our targets.
OUR IMPACT GOALS:
i) Make partnerships with aligned organisations who can help promote the subjects and stories featured in our film to help set up community screenings, or collaborate on short content films to raise awareness.
ii) Reach out to organisations to help inspire institutional and policy change in order to help the social causes that we focus on in our films.
iii) Reach out to the widest possible audiences through social media campaigns, community engagement and film screenings. It’s important to us that we are raising awareness of key social issues with our audiences.
iv) Utilise our platform to champion a diverse range of voices, both in our team and our films.
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Hostile - Impact Campaign
Our latest feature documentary, Hostile, is now in post-production. The film focuses on immigration policies in the UK, with the impact of the government's Hostile Environment policies as its central focus.
We are devising an impact campaign to coincide with the film’s release, and looking for partners who work in areas that the film focuses on, to see how we can best target the film in the way that makes the most impact to influence policy change against No Recourse To Public Funds.
This film has the potential to have a life beyond traditional broadcast and distribution. In looking at the issues faced by the subjects in this film, and thinking about the solutions to them, we devised an Impact Campaign to coincide with its release in the hopes that this documentary will be able to bring about some benefit to the communities we depict, both in terms of highlighting these issues, and campaigning for policy change.
We have some fantastic partners on board so far. Following the film's release we will be arranging Q&As and community screenings across the country with fantastic panels of academics, politicians, lawyers and individuals affected by migration policies in order to raise awareness of the issues covered in the film.
CURRENT IMPACT PARTNERS
Stephen Timms: The team have been working closely with Stephen Timms, Labour MP for East Ham who challenged Boris Johnson on the NRPF policies last year. Since then, Stephen has continued to challenge the Prime Minister on the NRPF policies in parliament, calling for suspension during the pandemic which will hopefully lead to a greater review of the policy. Stephen’s ask is that the Home Office should follow through on its promise to implement Wendy Williams’ Windrush Lessons Learned Review and conduct a full review of the no recourse to public funds condition.
Elyas Ismail, Newham Community Project: The team have also been working with Elyas Ismail - founder of the Newham Community Project who has been helping thousands of international students who have been made destitute by NRPF during the pandemic. Newham Community Project is currently helping international students from about 20 universities. Elyas has recently been featured in The Financial Times and on Channel 4 News.
Patrick Vernon, OBE Patrick Vernon is a cultural historian and founder of Every Generation and the 100 Great Black Britons campaign. He is a patron of Santé, a charity that aims to improve asylum seekers' rights and health access. He is also a long-standing campaigner for the Windrush Generation.
Migrants Organise: Migrants Organise is an award winning, grass roots platform where migrants, refugees connect, build common ground, organise for dignity and justice for all. They develop leadership and open up spaces for relational, organised participation of migrants and refugees in public life.
INSA: Indian National Students Association (INSA) is an unincorporated, not-for-profit organization founded in 2016 with the vision to create a ‘Home away from Home’ for Indian students in the UK. They aim to promote the well-being and protect the interests of Indian students coming to the UK.
JCWI: For more than half a century, JCWI (The Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants) have been challenging policies that lead to discrimination, destitution and the denial of rights. They provide much-needed legal and advice services to the people who need them most. They’ve helped tens of thousands of people secure their status, keep their families together and escape poverty, and are one of the leading voices for a fairer, more just immigration system that works for everyone.
Bonny Downs Community Association: BDCA is a dynamic community-led charity that has been serving the residents of Newham since 1998. They support a diverse cross-section of their local community, working with people of all ages, cultures and backgrounds. They have a positive impact on local lives through a wide range of services and activities designed to bring people together and provide opportunities for people to connect with neighbours; improve their health and wellbeing; access the support they need; learn new skills; give back to their community; and celebrate life.
Migrants’ Rights Network: Migrants’ Rights Network is a UK-based NGO that works alongside migrants in their fight for rights and justice. Launched in 2006 as a campaigning organisation, their work brings together and deepens connections, understanding and solidarity within the migrants’ rights sector and across sectors to share learning, facilitate access and bring about visionary and practical solutions.
DAUK: The Doctors’ Association UK is a professional association for doctors in the United Kingdom. The association was formed by junior doctors led by Dr Samantha Batt-Rawden in January 2018 in response to the Bawa-Garba case. DAUK is a non-profit organisation which advocates for the medical profession and the wider NHS.
Highly Skilled Migrants: Run by Salman Faruqi, the organisation provide support to highly skilled migrants in the UK, including Farrukh Sair, one of our participants in the film who has been suffering due to immigration policies and NRPF
WHAT IS NRPF?
No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF) is a condition in the Immigration Rules, and Section 115 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999, which excludes people ‘subject to immigration control’ from a range of state benefits such as Universal Credit, Child Benefit, Disability Living Allowance and Housing benefits. This is despite the fact that working individuals who are here on Limited Leave to Remain with an NRPF condition pay the same taxes as every other in-work person living in the UK; they pay income tax, national insurance and council tax.
NRPF was introduced by New Labour in 1999. As of June 2020, nearly 1.4million people had No Recourse to Public Funds (Citizens Advice research), with Black and Asian groups disproportionately represented.
In 2012, Theresa May extended the NRPF rule to include people on the 10-year route to settlement and those granted leave to remain in the UK outside the rules on the basis of family or private life.
With no access to public funds, people with NRPF can often be left destitute, which has been particularly worsened during the pandemic. NRPF is part of the Hostile Environment policy, basically with the intention of making life as hostile as possible for people coming to this country with the intention of making them want to leave.
COME ON BOARD
Are you an organisation or individual that champions migrant rights? Come on board to help us make change against the No Recourse to Public Funds policy. To come on board please get in touch at: firstname.lastname@example.org
International Health Service Impact Campaign
In 2020, Sonita produced a short film directed by award-winning director Ursula MacFarlane, celebrating the international nature of the UK's healthcare workforce, called International Health Service. The film page homage to the incredible NHS staff that hail from across the world and deserve our appreciation.
March 5th 2021 marks Overseas NHS Workers Day. In the lead up to this we campaigned with various health and migrant organisations to raise awareness of the event and to acknowledge the importance of migrant healthcare workers in the UK.
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Dharavi Impact Campaign
DHARAVI is a documentary about the burgeoning hip hop movement taking place in and around the bylanes of Mumbai’s largest slum.
The film is being directed by Smriti Mundhra - one of DOC NYC’s 40 Under 40 Filmmakers to Watch – and Jerry Henry, recipient of the Director’s Guild of America Student Award and the Gordon Parks Emerging African American Filmmaker Award, and produced by Sonita Gale.
Although we have suspended filming during the pandemic, we are still very much involved with the communities we were due to film with in India.