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Galeforce Filmes - News Image - “A powerful film” – Hostile reviewed in The Guardian
“A powerful film” – Hostile reviewed in The Guardian
19.01.22

We are so pleased that Hostile has received a four star review in the Guardian from acclaimed film critic Peter Bradshaw.

"This brings us to the other, truly sinister part of this story, uncovered by Gale’s film: the staggering sums of money charged directly to the immigrants themselves, thousands of pounds simply to make these applications, far in excess of any conceivable administration costs – again, a hostile state-mugging of otherwise innocent people, a deliberate use of deterrent pauperisation."- Peter Bradshaw

Read the full article here.

Hostile is a feature length documentary revealing the impact of the Hostile Environment for migrants in the UK.

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Beginning on the 21st of January at Finsbury Park Picturehouse, Hostile starts a nationwide tour of screenings and Q&As with Picturehouse alongside independent cinemas.

You can buy tickets for our upcoming screening and Q&A tour:
www.hostiledocumentary.com/tickets

You can view our trailer here:
bit.ly/hostiledoc-trailer

Follow the film on Twitter/Insta at @hostiledoc

Galeforce Filmes - News Image -  “A plea for humanity” – Hostile reviewed in Time Out
“A plea for humanity” – Hostile reviewed in Time Out
19.01.22

Hostile has been described by Time Out as a “raw, unshowy doc exposes that myth to show that the only crime these people have committed is the mere act of existence”

FOUR STARS

Whelan, Barzey, Time Out

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Beginning on the 21st of January at Finsbury Park Picturehouse, Hostile starts a nationwide tour of screenings and Q&As with Picturehouse alongside independent cinemas.

You can buy tickets for our upcoming screening and Q&A tour:
www.hostiledocumentary.com/tickets

You can view our trailer here:
bit.ly/hostiledoc-trailer

Follow the film on Instagram and Twitter @hostiledoc

Galeforce Filmes - News Image - Hostile is BAFTA longlisted for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer
Hostile is BAFTA longlisted for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer
12.01.22

We are so touched to hear the news that Hostile has been longlisted for a BAFTA for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer. Hostile is Sonita Gale’s Debut film as a Writer-Director.

“Hostile was made without industry backing and support and is a truly independent film. The team is multi-generational, diverse, from various socio-economic groups. The entire production was unified by a drive to elevate the stories of the participants and narrative around the subject matter. I started my directing career in my late forties, having produced a couple of films. Being a mum of two this came with challenges and against all odds we made our film. 

I am so appreciative of the BAFTA jury and BAFTA for their acknowledgement of independent film-making. To support our film is to support and amplify the previously unheard voices of the participants and their stories.” Sonita Gale

Hostile is a film born out of Sonita’s own childhood experiences. These memories and her journey led her to make Hostile, a film about the untold struggle that many members of migrant communities face in the UK.

The response to the film has been incredible. We now have a UK tour with Picturehouse and other independents such as Bertha DocHouse, Lexi Cinema, MAC Birmingham and Rio Cinema. This will commence right here in London on the 21st January at Finsbury Park Picturehouse, close to where the seed of the idea emerged for Hostile. 

You can view all the upcoming screenings at www.hostiledocumentary.com/tickets

Trailer: bit.ly/hostiledoc-trailer 

Thank you so much again to BAFTA for this unbelievable opportunity. Thank you also to our participants, the team at Galeforce Films, the crew, our post house, our facilitators, our impact partners and our financiers.

And to our Executive Producers Charlotte Fisher and Nitin Sawhney.

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Hostile is a feature documentary exposing the ‘hostile environment’ for migrants in the UK. 

View the trailer for Hostile at: bit.ly/hostiledoc-trailer

You can learn more about the film at www.hostiledocumentary.com, via the Twitter/Instagram @hostiledoc 

Galeforce Filmes - News Image - ‘An important film for our times’ – Hostile reviewed in Big Issue North
‘An important film for our times’ – Hostile reviewed in Big Issue North
10.01.22

Hostile has been reviewed today in Big Issue North by Christian Lisseman

"The film follows a fascinating handful of people who, in one way or another, find themselves at odds with the immigration system, and combines their stories with interviews with experts, academics and politicians, and archive footage covering everything from Britain’s colonial past, the infamous Rivers of Blood speech and the arrival of people from the Caribbean, who later became known as the Windrush generation."

Big Issue North produce a wide range of socially conscious media content, including a weekly magazine sold by homeless and vulnerably housed people in the north of England with few other means of earning an income. We are proud to have received a review in a magazine that is challenging social inequality in this way.

Read the full review here.

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Beginning on the 21st of January at Finsbury Park Picturehouse, Hostile starts a nationwide tour of screenings and Q&As with Picturehouse alongside independent cinemas.

You can buy tickets for our upcoming screening and Q&A tour:
www.hostiledocumentary.com/tickets

You can view our trailer here:
bit.ly/hostiledoc-trailer

Follow the film on Insta/Twitter at @hostiledoc

Galeforce Filmes - News Image - Hostile featured on the Picturehouse Blog
Hostile featured on the Picturehouse Blog
07.01.22

"In making Hostile, I want to raise awareness of the issues migrants face in our country, and what it feels like to live under a hostile environment." 

Read more on the Picturehouse Guest Blog about Hostile from the writer-director Sonita Gale hereThe Picturehouse Guest Blog features exclusive film previews and interviews with filmmakers.

Hostile begins a nationwide screening and Q&A tour on 21st Jan starting at Finsbury Park Picturehouse.

 

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Hostile is a feature documentary exposing the ‘hostile environment’ for migrants in the UK. 

View the trailer for Hostile at: bit.ly/hostiledoc-trailer

You can learn more about the film at www.hostiledocumentary.com, via the Twitter/Instagram @hostiledoc 

Galeforce Filmes - News Image - Thought-provoking spoken word from George the Poet in Hostile
Thought-provoking spoken word from George the Poet in Hostile
01.01.22

On the first day of this New Year, we are thinking about the change we would like to see for 2022.

We are reflecting on the voices of a new generation who I hope will help to influence this change and bring a fresh perspective. People like George the Poet, who’s spoken word features throughout Hostile and his words ring so true to the hostile attitude we have seen towards migrants these past years:

“Go Home harks back to a miserable memory of hatred towards an invisible enemy, and it's wrong of Government to use this phrase, it's wrong of Government to abuse its place, because language is a gateway to an attitude - that's menacing, that's hostile, that is rude. In using those words you invite the behaviour that comes with them”

We hope that in the New Year we can work together towards creating a more compassionate society. It’s easy to feel defeated by the immigration policies we have seen enacted in 2021 - the Points Based Immigration System, and the Nationality and Borders Bill. But as George the Poet says, ‘language is a gateway to an attitude’. We’ve seen through organisations and activists coming together in the past two years that we can influence attitudes. We can use our language, our voices and creativity to unite and to change the narrative.

If you’d like to learn more about the Hostile Environment and how you can help, please visit www.hostiledocumentary.com/impact 

Here’s to change in 2022.

View the trailer for Hostile to hear ‘Go Home’, which eloquently summarises the impact of the Hostile Environment:

 

Galeforce Filmes - News Image - Happy New Year from Galeforce
Happy New Year from Galeforce
31.12.21

As the year ends, we just want to say thanks to everyone who was involved in the making of Hostile, and all those who have come out to screenings to support the film! 

The responses so far have been incredible, and given the vital issues it raises about the treatment of our migrant communities, we are happy it is able to play some part in this much needed conversation.

Please join us in 2022 as we take this film on the road for a Q&A Tour. You can visit our website for more details, and we look forward to seeing you then! bit.ly/hostile_tickets 

We also look forward to sharing our exciting new projects with you in the New Year!

Galeforce Filmes - News Image - Hostile: Cinema Tickets for Q&A Tour on Sale!
Hostile: Cinema Tickets for Q&A Tour on Sale!
27.12.21

We’re excited to launch the Tickets page on the website for our film Hostile, where you can find all the latest information on cinema screenings.

We hope that the more people that watch the film, the more it will help to inspire the change we want to see in our immigration policies that are affecting the lives of so many people in the UK. 

Visit the page to view all available screenings, and check back for updates as we add more to the listing:

https://www.hostiledocumentary.com/tickets/ 

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Hostile is a feature documentary exposing the ‘hostile environment’ for migrants in the UK. 

View the trailer for Hostile at: bit.ly/hostiledoc-trailer

You can learn more about the film at www.hostiledocumentary.com, via the Twitter/Instagram @hostiledoc 

The 2021 South London Film Festival winner Hostile is available now to view on the BAFTA portal for your consideration.

Galeforce Filmes - News Image - 'Hostile' Q&A Tour Announcement!
'Hostile' Q&A Tour Announcement!
23.12.21

Sonita Gale, writer-director of upcoming documentary Hostile, which recently won Best Documentary Feature at the 2021 South London Film Festival, lends her thoughts on her debut film and Britain’s complicated relationship with migrant communities. Sonita embarks on a Q&A Tour of the film across UK cinemas including Picturehouse. The tour launches at Finsbury Park Picturehouse on Friday 21 January.

I embarked on my directorial debut, the documentary Hostile, at the start of lockdown. My parents migrated to the UK in the 1950s, and their personal struggles when they arrived inspired me to take a wide-ranging look at the country’s complicated relationship with its migrant communities. 

Hostile is a feature-length documentary focusing on the UK’s complicated relationship with its migrant communities. 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. 

After decades of hostile immigration policies, Britain has reached a crisis point. With Brexit and the new points-based immigration system taking effect on international and EU migrants, the film asks: once the ‘hostile environment’ has targeted all migrants, who will it extend to next?

In making Hostile, I want to raise awareness of the issues migrants face in our country, and what it feels like to live under a hostile environment. The stories I came across were of people whose backgrounds are not so different from that of my parents, but whose chances of making a life here have become all but impossible.

I am so grateful to PictureHouse for taking on this tour and to all the independent cinemas that will host screenings for us in the future.

For tickets at your local Picturehouse Cinema, visit picturehouses.com/hostile. Check back here for additional screening dates in independent cinemas across the UK. 

Galeforce Filmes - News Image - ''It broke my heart, it made me angry'' - Online Screening of Hostile followed by Q&A hosted by Ursula Macfarlane
''It broke my heart, it made me angry'' - Online Screening of Hostile followed by Q&A hosted by Ursula Macfarlane
22.12.21

On Tuesday, Together Films hosted an online screening of Hostile, followed by a Q&A moderated by the brilliant Ursula Macfarlane.

Hostile is Sonita Gale's debut, and we are so thankful for the support of Ursula Macfarlane, who has directed films such as Untouchable and The Lost Sons.

"Thank you Sonita for making this film it broke my heart, it made me angry. But now actually I have gone on a bit of a journey just even talking to you and realised we are a society that’s inclusive. It's not our natural thing to be divisive. Thank you for making a film that will make us think about these things and hopefully give us some optimism for change as well as breaking our hearts." - Ursula Macfarlane

A big thank you to Ursula for helping us to continue to elevate the stories of the participants in the film. We hope that we can influence long lasting change in the cruel immigration policies that are affecting migrant communities all over the UK.

Thank you to everyone who watched. You can view the full Q&A on our events page now.

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Hostile is a feature documentary exposing the ‘hostile environment’ for migrants in the UK. 

View the trailer for Hostile at: bit.ly/hostiledoc-trailer

You can learn more about the film at www.hostiledocumentary.com, via the Twitter/Instagram @hostiledoc 

Galeforce Filmes - News Image - 'Hostile' Wins Best Doc Feature at the 2021 South London Film Festival!
'Hostile' Wins Best Doc Feature at the 2021 South London Film Festival!
20.12.21

Hostile has won BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE at the South London Film Festival! We are so excited to have been selected for this award, which means so much to director Sonita Gale and the team as proud Londoners.

Festival founder Kyriakos Georgiou had this to say about the film:

‘Hostile is an extremely powerful film that showcases and highlights the very important stories which are hugely affecting our community. It is a film that will amplify the voices of many people who often are left unheard. Congratulations to Sonita Gale, her team and all the people involved who shared their stories.’

A majority of the participants in Hostile are based in London, and we are so proud to be representing these stories through the film.

With the upcoming Nationality and Borders bill curbing the rights of migrants even further, it is so timely that we have been selected for this award at this time. It’s so important to be elevating these stories. Historically, Britain is a country that is inclusive, not exclusive. I hope that we can unite as a multicultural, passionate society to fight these cruel policies.

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Hostile is a feature documentary exposing the ‘hostile environment’ for migrants in the UK. Written, Directed and Produced by Sonita Gale.

View the trailer at: bit.ly/hostiledoc-trailer

You can learn more about the film at www.hostiledocumentary.com, or by following us on Twitter and Instagram.

Galeforce Filmes - News Image - Sonita Gale joined by panel of experts on the Hostile Environment at London Migration Film Festival online screening - view the full Q&A
Sonita Gale joined by panel of experts on the Hostile Environment at London Migration Film Festival online screening - view the full Q&A
16.12.21

A big thank you to the London Migration Film festival for screening Hostile on Wednesday, on the last night of the festival. 

The screening was followed by a heartfelt and informative Q&A with Sonita Gale alongside a panel of experts on the Hostile Environment including: Toufique Hossain (Director of Public Law at Duncan Lewis Solicitors) Daniel Trilling (journalist and author of Lights In The Distance: Exile And Refuge At The Borders Of Europe) and Praxis, a leading charity for migrants and refugees.

At the same time that the event was happening, the Nationality and Borders Bill was passed in parliament, which curtails the rights of refugees and migrants in the UK. It’s so important that festivals like these are continuing to facilitate vital conversations surrounding Human rights, and Migrant rights. We hope through events like these we can influence change in the treatment of migrants in this country.

View the full Q&A here:

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You can learn more about the film via the website www.hostiledocumentary.com

and on Twitter and Instagram at @hostiledoc  

View the trailer for Hostile at: bit.ly/hostiledoc-trailer

Galeforce Filmes - News Image - Upcoming online screening of Hostile with Q&A moderated by Ursula Macfarlane
Upcoming online screening of Hostile with Q&A moderated by Ursula Macfarlane
16.12.21

On Tuesday 21st at 6.30pm there will be an online screening of Hostile hosted by Together Films. Hostile is Sonita Gale's debut film, a feature-length documentary that exposes the impact of the ‘hostile environment’ for migrants in the UK. 

Sonita Gale, the writer/director of Hostile, will be joined by the wonderful Ursula Macfarlane, @ursulapics director of Untouchable and the Lost Sons. Ursula will be moderating the Q&A after the screening. Sonita will be discussing the process behind making Hostile and the stories of the participants. 

Hostile was recently screened at the Bertha DocHouse followed by a Q&A with Nitin Sawhney. It’s vital that we are continuing to have these discussions around the hostile environment and how it is deeply affecting the lives of so many people in this country.

Please get in touch at info@galeforcefilms.co.uk for further information about the screening.

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You can learn more about the film at www.hostiledocumentary.com, via our Twitter/Instagram @hostliedoc 

View the trailer for the film below:

 

Galeforce Filmes - News Image - ''One of the most incredible documentaries'' - Hostile screens at Bertha DocHouse followed by Q&A hosted by Nitin Sawhney
''One of the most incredible documentaries'' - Hostile screens at Bertha DocHouse followed by Q&A hosted by Nitin Sawhney
14.12.21

'I've written music for about 70 films and television shows but I'm probably proudest of my involvement in this because it's incredibly important and it's the most salient thing out there right now'  - Nitin Sawhney

Last night, Hostile screened at the Bertha DocHouse in London. Bertha DocHouse is the UK's first cinema dedicated to documentary, and is described as the ‘home of documentary.’

The screening was followed by an exclusive Q&A with the writer-director of Hostile, Sonita Gale, and was moderated by the award-winning musician Nitin Sawhney. Nitin Sawhney is an Executive Producer, and his music also features in the film. He is also interviewed in the film, sharing his personal experience of the hostile environment.

Nitin and Sonita discussed the creative inspiration behind the film alongside why it is very timely in light of recent immigration policies curbing the rights of migrants in the UK. With the Nationality and Borders Bill just being passed in parliament, this is an incredibly timely film and it is highly important that we continue to elevate the stories of migrant communities.

Thank you to everyone who came along. Stay tuned for further upcoming screenings and Q&As. 

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View the trailer at bit.ly/hostiledoc-trailer

You can also follow the film on our socials at @hostiledoc 

Find out more information about the film via our website at: www.hostiledocumentary.com 

Galeforce Filmes - News Image - Book your tickets for the online screening of Hostile at the London Migration Film Festival - 8th December 6pm
Book your tickets for the online screening of Hostile at the London Migration Film Festival - 8th December 6pm
06.12.21

Join us this Wednesday 8th December at 6pm for a special online screening of Hostile and Q&A at the London Migration Film Festival. 

Hostile is a feature-length documentary focusing on the UK’s complicated relationship with its migrant communities. The film reveals the impact of the evolving ‘hostile environment’  - a term used by the UK government in 2012 to illustrate the atmosphere the government wanted to create for migrants in the country, with the intention of provoking migrants to leave the country of their own accord. 

Book your FREE tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hostile-qa-tickets-219941449797

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Sonita Gale, Writer, Producer and Director of Hostile, and experts on the UK's 'hostile environment' policies.

'With the aim of portraying the diversity and humanity of migration, our film selection reflects the many forms in which migration takes place.'

We look forward to contributing to vital conversations about migrants rights in the UK and championing creative migrant voices.

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You can learn more about Hostile via our social media and website:

Twitter: @hostiledoc, Instagram: @hostiledoc Website: www.hostiledocumentary.com 

Galeforce Filmes - News Image - Hostile screening at Bertha DocHouse - Monday 13th December  | Followed by Q&A hosted by Nitin Sawhney
Hostile screening at Bertha DocHouse - Monday 13th December  | Followed by Q&A hosted by Nitin Sawhney
03.12.21

Hostile will be screening at the Bertha DocHouse on the 13th December.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the Writer/Producer/Director Sonita Gale, hosted by Nitin Sawhney.

Nitin Sawhney is an Executive Producer on Hostile, and his music also features throughout the film, helping to illustrate the intricate stories of migration. Nitin is also interviewed in Hostile, sharing his personal experiences of the Hostile Environment.

Date/Time: Monday 13th December 6.10pm

Location: Bertha DocHouse Curzon Bloomsbury, The Brunswick Centre, London, WC1N 1AW

Hostile is a feature-length documentary focusing on the UK’s complicated relationship with its migrant communities. 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. After decades of hostile immigration policies, Britain has reached a crisis point. With Brexit and the new points-based immigration system taking effect on international and EU migrants, the film asks: once the ‘hostile environment’ has targeted all migrants, who will it extend to next?

For further information about the screening, please contact info@galeforcefilms.co.uk 

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Keep up to date with the film via Twitter: @hostiledoc and Instagram: @hostiledoc

Galeforce Filmes - News Image - New bill quietly gives powers to remove British citizenship without notice
New bill quietly gives powers to remove British citizenship without notice
27.11.21

The upcoming Nationality and Borders Bills means that individuals could be stripped of their British citizenship without warning under a proposed rule change quietly added to the nationality and borders bill. This bill quietly gives powers to remove British citizenship without notice.

‘The Nationality and Borders Bill makes significant changes to the UK asylum system and significantly curtails the rights of refugees. It represents a fundamental challenge to the principle of refugee protection in the UK, introducing a two-tier system where any refugee reaching the country who has not benefited from a place on a resettlement programme may have their claim deemed inadmissible and be expelled to another country, or eventually granted a temporary status with restricted rights to family reunification and financial support. 

The impacts of these measures are likely to be so severe that the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has taken the unusual step of strongly and publicly opposing the plans.’ (Source: JCWI)

At Galeforce Films, we believe that society should be inclusive, our planet should be inclusive, and that this bill must be challenged to protect migrants rights in the UK. No human is illegal.

View this video with Lord Kerr deconstructing the Home Office narrative about refugees with three simple facts:

Check out the Migrants Rights Network Instagram postings breaking down what the Bill means here.

For an in depth look at what the Bill entails you can also visit the posting on the JCWI website here.

The bill is the ‘biggest threat to refugee rights we’ve seen in decades and breaches our obligations under international law.’ Nadia Whittome MP


‘Not migrants. Humans’ David Lammy MP

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Hostile, Sonita Gale's directorial debut, seeks to raise awareness of the pressing issues facing people who are migrants in today's society.

You can learn more about Hostile via our social media and website:

Twitter: @hostiledoc, Instagram: @hostiledoc Website: www.hostiledocumentary.com 

Galeforce Filmes - News Image - Hostile selected as Finalist for Documentary Feature at the South London Film Festival!
Hostile selected as Finalist for Documentary Feature at the South London Film Festival!
24.11.21

Hostile is a Finalist for the The South London Film Festival for Documentary Feature!
 
We are pleased to be part of a festival that is representing London, which plays a big part in the film. A large percentage of the film was shot in South London, representing the Black and Asian communities in these boroughs. Many of the participants were also from South London.
 
There were over 700 submissions this year at the festival so we are proud to have been selected.
 
'South London offers a wealth of multicultural diversity and we are proudly surrounded by an amazing community of both creatives and film lovers, who we want to bring together to celebrate filmmakers and films from around the world'
 
Winners will be announced on the 19th, thank you South London Film Festival!
 
You can view the trailer for the festival here.
 
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Catch up on the latest news from Hostile via our social media and website:

Twitter: @hostiledoc, Instagram: @hostiledoc Website: www.hostiledocumentary.com 

 
Galeforce Filmes - News Image - Hostile selected for the London Migration Film Festival
Hostile selected for the London Migration Film Festival
19.11.21

We are so pleased that Hostile has been selected for the London Migration Film Festival. London Migration Film Festival includes a great number of fiction, short and documentary films focusing on the intersection of migration with themes such as climate emergency, integration, parenthood, race, gender, and representation. The festival includes films by established artists and directors as well as films by less known filmmakers who use new perspectives to analyse migration and refugee issues. In order to raise the profile and provide a platform for migrant filmmakers, they include films that were directed, produced and starred in by migrants. 
 
'With the aim of portraying the diversity and humanity of migration, our film selection reflects the many forms in which migration takes place.'
 
We look forward to contributing to vital conversations about migrants rights in the UK and championing creative migrant voices. 
 
Hostile premiered at Raindance Film Festival and was longlisted for 3 BIFA awards. The film will be screening at Cambridge Film Festival this November 20th and 23rd. It’s fantastic to have the ongoing support of festivals to ensure we can provide a much-needed platform for the stories in the film to be heard.
 
The online programme will be available from 25th Nov - 1st Dec, with a special online screening of the film on the 8th December. View the full programme available at: https://bit.ly/london-migration

You can view the trailer for the film here.

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Catch up on the latest news from Hostile via our social media and website:

Twitter: @hostiledoc, Instagram: @hostiledoc Website: www.hostiledocumentary.com 

Galeforce Filmes - News Image - Hostile selected for the IDFA Docs for Sale catalogue
Hostile selected for the IDFA Docs for Sale catalogue
12.11.21

Hostile is now part of the IDFA Docs for Sale catalogue. We are excited that around 300 registered Buyers, Distributors, Sales Professionals are now able to watch Hostile online.
 
"Docs for Sale facilitates sales of high-end documentaries by bringing together all interested parties together under one roof. Over the years, it has grown into one of the world’s premier markets for documentary cinema."
 
View our IDFA profile at: bit.ly/docsforsalehostile
 
We're seeking World and UK distribution for Hostile, so please do get in touch at info@galeforcefilms.co.uk 
 
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Catch up on the latest news from Hostile via our social media and website:

Twitter: @hostiledoc, Instagram: @hostiledoc Website: www.hostiledocumentary.com 

Galeforce Filmes - News Image - Sonita Gale speaks at the Royal Albert Hall with Nitin Sawhney
Sonita Gale speaks at the Royal Albert Hall with Nitin Sawhney
12.11.21

Sonita Gale was recently a panellist at the Royal Albert Hall ‘Immigrant Journeys – Context and Heritage" talk, as part of "Journeys: 150 Years of Immigration", a series of events curated by the award-winning producer and musician Nitin Sawhney.

Sonita screened the trailer of her debut documentary, Hostile, and took part in a discussion alongside Dina Mufti (Producer of the BAFTA-Winning Human Planet) and acclaimed poet LionHeart. Nitin Sawhney moderated the event.

Each panellist discussed what the world 'immigrant' meant to them, opening up important conversations around migrant identity in the UK today.

Nitin Sawhney is the Executive Producer for Hostile, and also provided music for the film alongside Ayanna Witter-Johnson and George the Poet. Hostile was recently longlisted for 3 BIFA Awards and premiered at the Raindance Film Festival 2021. The film will be screened at the Cambridge Film Festival on 20th and 23rd November, with a special Q&A with Sonita on the 23rd. Book your tickets here: www.cambridgefilmfestival.org.uk/film/hostile

You can view the trailer for the film here.

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Catch up on the latest news from Hostile via our social media and website:

Twitter: @hostiledoc, Instagram: @hostiledoc Website: www.hostiledocumentary.com 

Galeforce Filmes - News Image - Raindance Film Festival comes to an end!
Raindance Film Festival comes to an end!
09.11.21

It's been an amazing week attending Raindance Film Festival, meeting fellow filmmakers, participants and speakers. Hostile premiered at Raindance at Hoxton Curzon on October 29th. After the screening, Sonita was interviewed by Raindance as part of a Q&A. Many of the audience members including members of migrant communities and NHS workers felt compelled to stand up and share their stories, and how they had been affected by the Hostile Environment.

A massive thank you to all of the participants for being a part of the film, to our crew and team, and a big thank you to our impact partners too.

Hostile was also longlisted for 3 BIFA Awards - Best Documentary, Best Debut Director, and the Raindance Discovery Award, and will be showing at Cambridge Film Festival on 20th and 23rd November, with a special Q&A on the 23rd. (Tickets available: www.cambridgefilmfestival.org.uk/film/hostile)

We are now seeking distribution for the film, please get in touch at info@galeforcefilms.co.uk 

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Catch up on the latest news from Hostile via our social media and website:

Twitter: @hostiledoc, Instagram: @hostiledoc Website: www.hostiledocumentary.com 

 

Galeforce Filmes - News Image - Hostile selected for Cambridge Film Festival – Book your tickets today!
Hostile selected for Cambridge Film Festival – Book your tickets today!
04.11.21

Hostile has been selected for the 40th Cambridge Film Festival!

The festival will be presenting a diverse programme of over 40 features, including UK premieres of new features, classic retrospectives, insightful documentaries, discovery titles from the global stage, family favourites, an eclectic array of short films, and several international film festival winners.

It’s incredibly important to us that the film is being given a platform so we can continue to elevate the stories of migrants in the UK.

Come and watch Hostile at Cambridge Film Festival!

You can purchase tickets at www.cambridgefilmfestival.org.uk/film/hostile

Cinema Screenings:

SAT 20th November 1.15pm Arts Picturehouse, Cambridge

TUES 23rd November 3.30pm Arts Picturehouse, Cambridge

Watch Online:

Watch online from 21st Nov 12:15am until 5th Dec . Once you begin you have 48 hours to finish watching. 

Link: https://watch.eventive.org/cffathome/play/6172a1cb801d99006b91e15d

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Help us raise awareness of the film and the stories of UK migrants by following Hostile Twitter at @hostiledoc, Instagram @hostiledoc and on the website at www.hostiledocumentary.com 

Galeforce Filmes - News Image - Hostile gains third BIFA longlisting- for Raindance Discovery Award!
Hostile gains third BIFA longlisting- for Raindance Discovery Award!
04.11.21

We are so proud to announce that Sonita's debut documentary, Hostile, has been long-listed for the RAINDANCE DISCOVERY AWARD at the BIFAs. She is honoured to have been long-listed amongst fantastic directors. Hostile is a film about the 'hostile environment' for migrants in the UK, told through four stories of everyday people from Black and Asian communities.
 
The Raindance Discovery Award embodies the core component of independent film and all that Raindance and BIFA stand for. Displaying "innovation in the blending of forms, cultures and genres."
 
You can view the trailer here bit.ly/hostile-trailer
 
With Sonita being a debut director, with a very small independent team, it was difficult to access any funding for our film or gain interest from commissioners.
 
We are on the road with the trailer, trying to raise awareness about the 'no recourse to public funds' policy and trying to bring communities together to alleviate misconceptions that are so prevalent in our daily news. We have far more in common that separates us and it's in those commonalities that we will find a place to heal, nurture and bring about a fairer society for all.
 
You can view the full long-list announcement here:
Galeforce Filmes - News Image - Hostile gains second longlisting- for BIFA Best Documentary Award
Hostile gains second longlisting- for BIFA Best Documentary Award
26.10.21

We are unbelievably over the moon that Sonita Gale's directorial debut Hostile has been long-listed for the Best Documentary award at British Independent Film Awards.

Hostile is a feature-length documentary focusing 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 impetus for making this film was my own childhood and living in a migrant working class community who came to the UK post- 2nd World War and after the collapse of the British Empire. As a child, I would see the hard work and dedication of Black and Asian communities working the factories, the corner shops, the restaurants and the taxi firms. I used to wake up every morning to see my mum take two buses to go to work as a factory worker - memories of my childhood led me to make my debut."

Hostile has been long-listed for two categories:

**Douglas Hickox Award (Best Debut Director)** 

**Best Documentary** 

The five nominations in each category will be announced as part of the full nominations on Wednesday, November 3; with winners revealed at the ceremony on Sunday, December 5.

A big congratulations and good luck to the long-listed filmmakers!

You can view Screen Daily's coverage of the longlist here.

Help us raise awareness of the film and the stories of UK migrants by following Hostile Twitter at @hostiledoc, Instagram @hostiledoc and on the website at www.hostiledocumentary.com 

Hostile premieres at Raindance Film Festival on Friday 29th October at Hoxton Curzon.

Galeforce Filmes - News Image - Book tickets today! Sonita Gale to speak at 'Immigrant Journeys - Context and Heritage' event, as part of Nitin Sawhney's Journeys: 150 Years of Immigration'
Book tickets today! Sonita Gale to speak at 'Immigrant Journeys - Context and Heritage' event, as part of Nitin Sawhney's Journeys: 150 Years of Immigration'
21.10.21

On Sat 30th Oct 2.30pm Sonita Gale, director of Hostile, will be speaking with Nitin Sawhney at the Royal Albert Hall 'Immigrant Journeys - Context and Heritage' event, as part of Nitin Sawhney's Journeys: 150 Years of Immigration.

Nitin Sawhney leads a discussion with artists from an immgrant background about their relationship with their heritage and what the word ‘immigrant’ means to them.

I am looking forward to being in conversation with Nitin alongside fantastic poets, discussing immigration and identity. 

Book tickets here: https://www.royalalberthall.com/tickets/events/2021/talk-immigrant-journeys-context-and-heritage/ 

Galeforce Filmes - News Image - 'Hostile' longlisted for the BIFAs Best Debut Director
'Hostile' longlisted for the BIFAs Best Debut Director
20.10.21

We are so proud to announce that Sonita's debut documentary, Hostile, has been long-listed for the The Douglas Hickox Award (Best Debut Director) at the BIFAs. She is honoured to have been long-listed amongst fantastic directors. Hostile is a film about the 'hostile environment' for migrants in the UK, told through four stories of everyday people from Black and Asian communities.
 
You can view the trailer here bit.ly/hostile-trailer. Hostile will have its premier at Raindance Film Festival on October 29th.
 
With Sonita being a debut director, with a very small independent team, it was difficult to access any funding for our film or gain interest from commissioners.
 
"With no track record and just a big dream to make a film about similar communities I grew up in, I pushed ahead with a team that had the same dream as me. A team that stands with me today and one that I am so proud of truly. For this reason I am thrilled to be acknowledged by the BIFAs, an organisation that champions innovative, British, independent productions. As 'Hostile' questions notions of Britishness and belonging, it's fitting to have been longlisted for the BIFAs and I hope that by raising awareness for the film we can continue these conversations."
 
We are on the road with the trailer, trying to raise awareness about the 'no recourse to public funds' policy and trying to bring communities together to alleviate misconceptions that are so prevalent in our daily news. We have far more in common that separates us and it's in those commonalities that we will find a place to heal, nurture and bring about a fairer society for all.
 
The final nominations will be announced on Wednesday 3rd November. ???? We wish everyone on the list the best of luck for the voting ahead.
 
You can view the full long-list announcement here:
Galeforce Filmes - News Image - Hostile featured in Screen Daily - BIFA Longlists
Hostile featured in Screen Daily - BIFA Longlists
20.10.21

Hostile has been featured in Screen Daily, you can view the article here.

Longlists have been announced for four categories: the Douglas Hickox award for best debut director; best debut screenwriter; breakthrough producer; and the renamed breakthrough performance. Sonita Gale has been longlisted for Hostile for the Douglas Hickox award for best debut director.

The nominations will be announced on 3rd November.

Help us raise awareness of the film and the stories of UK migrants by following Hostile Twitter at @hostiledoc, Instagram @hostiledoc and on the website at www.hostiledocumentary.com 

Hostile premieres at Raindance Film Festival on Friday 29th October at Hoxton Curzon. Tickets for the premiere available on the Curzon Website.

 

Galeforce Filmes - News Image - Hostile featured in Variety magazine for BIFA New Talent Longlist
Hostile featured in Variety magazine for BIFA New Talent Longlist
20.10.21

The exciting news of the BIFA New Talent Longlist is spreading fast! Hostile has now also been featured in Variety magazine. You can view the article here.

Director/producer of Hostile, Sonita Gale, has been longlisted for the The Douglas Hickox Award (Best Debut Director). 

The final five nominations in each category will be announced on Nov. 3. Winners will be revealed at the ceremony on Dec. 5.

Help us raise awareness of the film and the stories of UK migrants by following Hostile Twitter at @hostiledoc, Instagram @hostiledoc and on the website at www.hostiledocumentary.com 

Hostile premieres at Raindance Film Festival on Friday 29th October at Hoxton Curzon. Tickets for the premiere available on the Curzon Website.

 

Galeforce Filmes - News Image - Read the latest on 'Hostile' in the Asian Voice news
Read the latest on 'Hostile' in the Asian Voice news
18.10.21

Director Sonita Gale was recently interviewed by Shefali Saxena for Asian Voice. Sonita speaks more about her latest directorial debut, Hostile, and the need for more female creatives in the industry. We hope that by raising awareness of Hostile, the stories of marginalised migrant communities in the UK will also be elevated.

View the full article here.

Help us raise awareness of the film and the stories of UK migrants by following Hostile Twitter at @hostiledoc, Instagram @hostiledoc and on the website at www.hostiledocumentary.com 

Hostile premieres at Raindance Film Festival on Friday 29th October at Hoxton Curzon. Tickets for the premiere available on the Curzon Website.

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'Hostile' featured in the Hackney Gazette
18.10.21

'Hostile' has been featured in the Hackney Gazette with an article about the upcoming Raindance Festival. Raindance is the UK's biggest indie film festival.

Hostile premieres at Raindance Film Festival on Friday 29th October at Hoxton Curzon. Tickets for the premiere available on the Curzon Website

View the full article here.

Keep up to date with Hostile via Twitter at @hostiledoc, Instagram @hostiledoc and on the website at www.hostiledocumentary.com 


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Sonita Gale and MP Stephen Timms discuss the hostile environment and no recourse to public funds
18.10.21

Last Thursday director of Hostile, Sonita Gale, was in discussion with MP Stephen Timms at the Ve6 Cafe in Newham. Sonita shared the trailer for upcoming documentary, Hostile, and spoke about the harmful effect that the 'hostile environment' policies are having on migrants in the UK.

Labour MP for East Ham, Stephen Timms, spoke about the devastating impact of no recourse to public funds on migrants, which denies many people access to certain public funds.

As part of the impact campaign for Hostile, we are aiming to challenge NRPF by connecting with organisations, individuals and communities to raise awarness of the policy.

You can learn more about the campaign at www.hostiledocumentary.com/impact or email info@galeforcefilms.co.uk

You can also view exclusive clips of the event to learn more about the policy via Twitter at @hostiledoc and Instagram @hostiledoc 

 

Galeforce Filmes - News Image - HER selected for IDFA Forum 2021
HER selected for IDFA Forum 2021
18.10.21

We are thrilled to announce that HER has been selected for the IDFA Forum 2021. IDFA Forum is one of the most influential meeting places for filmmakers, creators, and producers working on ground-breaking creative documentaries and new media projects.

HER is produced by Sonita Gale, Get Lifted Film Co., and Theo London, and directed by the Emmy-award winning Geeta Gandbhir. HER will reveal the stories of the women that inspired a music icon.

We look forward to sharing more about the film soon!

Galeforce Filmes - News Image - Join Sonita Gale on Raindance's Instagram Live - Wednesday 13th October 1pm
Join Sonita Gale on Raindance's Instagram Live - Wednesday 13th October 1pm
12.10.21

Tune into Instagram Live Wednesday 13th October at 1pm via Raindance Film Festival on their Instagram: @raindancefilmfestival

Sonita Gale will be speaking about Hostile, her directorial debut as part of Raindance's 'Her Girl Wednesday' series - a weekly interview series with Women In Film. Hostile is a feature length documentary exposing the hostile environment for migrants in the UK

Keep up to date with the film on Twitter at @hostiledoc,Instagram @hostiledoc and on the website at www.hostiledocumentary.com 

Hostile premieres at Raindance Film Festival on Friday 29th October at Hoxton Curzon. Tickets for the premiere available on the Curzon Website.

Galeforce Filmes - News Image - View the latest review of Hostile by DMovies
View the latest review of Hostile by DMovies
11.10.21

Hostile was reviewed by Redmond Bacon in DMovies. The film was described as 'a heartfelt and bitter exploration of policies that are downright evil'.

DMovies is an independent film review site who's objective is to 'promote audacious and innovative cinema from all corners of the planet.'

You can view the article here.

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Catch up on the latest news from Hostile via our social media and website:

Twitter: @hostiledoc, Instagram: @hostiledoc Website: www.hostiledocumentary.com 

Galeforce Filmes - News Image - TRAILER RELEASED FOR HOSTILE
TRAILER RELEASED FOR HOSTILE
23.09.21

We are beyond excited to share the trailer for Hostile, Sonita Gale's directorial debut feature length documentary. The film will premiere at Raindance Festival on October 29th at the Curzon Hoxton.

Hostile is a feature-length documentary focusing 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 that target migrants. 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.

You can also keep up to date with the film on Twitter at @hostiledoc,Instagram @hostiledoc and on the website at www.hostiledocumentary.com 

 

Galeforce Filmes - News Image - Book your tickets for the World Premiere of Hostile at Raindance Film Festival October 29th 2021
Book your tickets for the World Premiere of Hostile at Raindance Film Festival October 29th 2021
23.09.21

Hostile will premiere at the Friday 29th October at Curzon Hoxton.

Tickets go LIVE on Thursday 24th at 6am. You can book via the Curzon website here or via phone between 8am - 9pm on 01233 555644

Hostile is a feature-length documentary focusing 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 that target migrants. 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

You can also keep up to date with the film on Twitter at @hostiledoc, Instagram @hostiledoc and on the website at www.hostiledocumentary.com 

Galeforce Filmes - News Image - 'HER' at Gotham Week 2021
'HER' at Gotham Week 2021
20.09.21

#GOTHAMWEEK2021 is now underway and we're thrilled that #HER will be a part of the conversation.

We're looking forward to the week ahead, meeting up with distributors, financiers and potential future collaborators, and we just wanted to say thanks to the entire @weare_thegotham team for including our film in this year's event!

Galeforce Filmes - News Image - Hostile selected for Raindance Festival 2021!
Hostile selected for Raindance Festival 2021!
15.09.21

The Raindance Film Festival has selected our documentary 'Hostile' to be screened in 2021! Our team is eager to show everyone the hard work and dedication we have put into this project for the past 18 months. It is truly an honour that a relatively small independent film company can be recognised by a prestigious festival.

Hostile is a feature-length documentary uncovering the hostile immigration policies in the UK.

Migrants in the United Kingdom affected by the 'hostile environment' policy were and remain unjustly treated. This film aims to educate, increase awareness, and bring justice to them. A generation of migrants who came to this country decades ago and have contributed to the development of our society ever since are now being told they are not welcome. For years to come, these stories will be heard by future generations of migrants.

Find out more on our website at - www.hostiledocumentary.com

You can also keep up to date with the film on Twitter at @hostiledoc and Instagram @hostiledoc

To learn more about how you can get involved, please contact: info@galeforcefilms.co.uk 

Read more about the Raindance Announcement here.

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International Health Service Gains Further Recognition
06.09.21

We couldn’t be more proud that International Health Service has received further recognition at the Lady Filmmakers Festival and Global Peace Film Festival!

International Health Service is a short film showcasing the tremendous efforts that migrant NHS workers put in to keep our country happy and healthy. Director Ursula Macfarlane places migrant workers at the centre of the film - giving credit and attention to their invaluable hard work and sacrifice that is so often taken for granted. 

Lady Filmmakers celebrates lady filmmakers, musicians, artists and the men who collaborate with them.

Find out more about the Lady Filmmakers Festival here 

Since 2003, the Global Peace Film Festival has used the power of the moving image to further the cause of peace on earth. Each year, their program is carefully curated to create a place for open dialogue, using the films as catalysts for change. 

 

Find out more about the Global Peace Film Festival here 

You can view International Health Service here

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