Picture for event

A documentary screening with Abolish Detention


Sonita Gale 2021, UK. Galeforce Films. 98 min.

Fri 4 February 2022 // 19:30 / Cinema

Tickets: £7/5/0

Online tickets for this event are sold out. There will be a few tickets for sale at the door.

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 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?

The screening is a collaboration with Abolish Detention: a North East-based collective that fights for a future free from borders, immigration control, detention, and prisons, and that is campaigning to shut down the new Hassockfield detention centre in county Durham where migrant women are being detained since January this year. The film will be followed by a discussion about abolitionism with speakers from Global Women Against Deportations Coalition and Abolish Detention and information about how you can get involved with migrant justice activism in the North East. 

Free for people in the immigration system, no one turned away for lack of funds.