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by Gurinder Chadha


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.

international title: Blinded by the Light
original title: Blinded by the Light
country: United Kingdom
sales agent: Cornerstone Films
year: 2019
genre: fiction
directed by: Gurinder Chadha
film run: 114'
screenplay: Paul Mayeda Berges, Gurinder Chadha, Sarfraz Manzoor
cast: Viveik Kalra, Hayley Atwell, Rob Brydon, Kulvinder Ghir, Nell Williams, Aaron Phagura
cinematography by: Ben Smithard
film editing: Justin Krish
art director: Nick Ellis
costumes designer: Annie Hardinge
music: A.R. Rahman
producer: Gurinder Chadha, Jane Barclay, Jamal Daniel
executive producer: Tory Metzger, Renee Witt, Peter Touche, Stephen Spence, Hannah Leader, Tracy Nurse, Paul Mayeda Berges
production: Bend It Films, Ingenious Media
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