IMPACT

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.

For further information please email us at info@galeforcefilms.co.uk 

Connect with Sonita Gale on Linkedin.

Thanks, and stay tuned for updates!

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Hostile - Impact Campaign

THE FILM

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.

 

THE CAMPAIGN

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) was introduced in 1999 by New Labour’s Immigration and Asylum Act (Section 115).
  • This policy dictates that anyone ‘subject to immigration control’ has NRPF and therefore, cannot access ‘public funds’.
  • These ‘public funds’ include: Universal Credit, Disability Living Allowance, Carer’s Allowance, Child Benefit, Housing Benefit, Employment and Support Allowance (see full list here).
  • NRPF is even applied to individuals with a Limited Leave to Remain visa status. This means that, in spite of paying the same tax as all other working UK citizens (council tax, income tax and national insurance), they are not entitled to access public funds.
  • In 2012, as part of the government’s ‘Hostile Environment’ measures, the Home Office began automatically applying the NRPF condition to people granted leave to remain on family or private life grounds.
  • With no access to public funds, people with NRPF can often be left destitute, resulting in reliance on food banks and homelessness.
  • This inequality and deprivation amongst people with NRPF grew considerably during the pandemic - the effects of which are still being felt.
  • 2019 research revealed NRPF has a disproportionate impact on women, low-income families, disabled people, and black and minority ethnic (BAME) children and, as of June 2020, nearly 1.4 million people had No Recourse to Public Funds (Citizens Advice research).

How can you support the cause?

Write to your MP

Stephen Timms MP, who is spearheading the campaign against NRPF within parliament, has informed us that the most important action we can take is to write to our local MPs. Follow Stephen on Twitter @stephenctimms and via his website ww.stephentimms.org.uk to see more about his campaigns and how you can support them.

Educate on social media

The first step in affecting change is awareness. Social media is a wonderful tool through which to spread information quickly and freely. Help us raise awareness of the film and the stories of UK migrants by following Hostile Twitter at @hostiledoc and Instagram @hostiledoc

Join the conversation 

Throughout the coming months, we’ll be holding discussions around NRPF, online and in-person across the UK. We’re bringing together locals, politicians and academics to consider how we can affect change. Stay posted across our social media to see when you can join us! Visit www.hostiledocumentary.com/impact to learn more about the impact campaign and the latest updates.

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International Health Service Impact Campaign

THE FILM

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.

 

JOIN THE CONVERSATION

Follow us on the IHS Twitter and Instagram and you can view the film here.

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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. 

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