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Blinded by the Light


1987, Margaret Thatcher’s England. Javed, a 16-year-old British Pakistani boy, lives in the town of Luton. His father’s recent job termination and the neighborhood skinheads are a daily reminder of the difficult times he’s living in. What young Javed really wants is to be a writer—something his father doesn’t approve of or understand—and when a new friend loans him a few Bruce Springsteen cassettes, Javed is changed forever. The Boss’s working-class anthems and affirming lyrics seem to speak directly to Javed, emboldening him to find his own voice as a writer, stand up to the racism around him, and challenge his father’s rigid ideals.

Based on the memoir Greetings from Bury Park by journalist/writer Sarfraz Manzoor, Blinded by the Light is a comedic, joyous musical companion piece to writer/director Gurinder Chadha’s 2002 hit film, Bend It Like Beckham. Heartwarming and inspiring, Javed’s story reminds us of the transformative, universal power of music to transcend race, class, and nationality and bind us all on a human level.

YEAR 2019

CATEGORY Premieres

COUNTRY United Kingdom

RUN TIME 114 min

COMPANY Bend It Networks

WEBSITE http://www.benditnetworks.com

EMAIL elizabeth@benditnetworks.com

PHONE +44 2076915216


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Artist Bio

Gurinder Chadha

Gurinder Chadha has been called "one of the UK’s most respected filmmakers" by the British Film Institute (BFI). She has produced, directed, and written seven award-winning films, including Bend It Like Beckham, Bhaji On the Beach, Bride and Prejudice, and Viceroy’s House, which have all been critical and international box-office successes. Chadha was recently named by BFI Filmography as one of the most prolific female directors working today.