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Blinded by the Light (M)

In 1987 during the austere days of Thatcher’s Britain, a teenager learns to live life, understand his family and find his own voice when he discovers the working-class anthems of Bruce Springsteen. Javed is a 16-year-old British Pakistani boy whose father’s recent job loss and the neighborhood skinheads are a daily reminder of the difficult times he’s living in. What he 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, he is changed forever. The Boss’s 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.

Starring Viveik Kalra, Nell Williams & Hayley Atwell

Rating: M (Offensive language)

Runtime: 117 mins