Blinded by the Light

A comedic, joyous musical drama about the power of music to transcend race, class, and nationality and bind us all on a human level. Inspired by the life of journalist/writer Sarfraz Manzoor and his obsession with Bruce Springsteen.

Time & Tickets

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 neighbourhood 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.

Gurinder Chadha, UK, 2019, 118 min. English spoken, Dutch subtitles. With Viveik Kalra, Kulvinder Ghir, Meera Ganatra, Aaron Phagura, Dean-Charles Chapman.