Fairhaven's Regina Jefferies to moderate Q&A after screening of 'Hostile' Oct. 10 at the Pickford Cinema downtown 

Assistant Professor Regina Jefferies, a faculty member of the Law, Diversity and Justice Program in Western's Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies, will moderate a Q&A on Monday, Oct. 10 as part of the Pickford Cinema's "Doctober" film festival.

Jefferies will lead the discussion with the audience and Sonita Gale, the director of the acclaimed documentary film "Hostile," directly after that film's screening, which begins at 7:25 p.m. at the Pickford Film Center at 1318 Bay St. downtown.

An award-winning documentary written, produced and directed by Gale, "Hostile" focuses on the UK’s 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 government in 2012 to illustrate the atmosphere they wanted to create for migrants with the intention of provoking them to leave. 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 policies, Britain has reached a crisis. With Brexit, the Points Based Immigration System & the Nationality & Borders Bill all having taken effect, the film asks: Once the hostile environment has targeted all migrants, who will it extend to next?

This film is being presented by the WWU Political Science Department, Political Science Association, and International Affairs Association. Get your tickets for "Hostile," and the Q&A with Regina Jefferies and director Sonita Gayle, here.