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In an industrial city in northern England, tensions have come to crisis point between the local population and immigrants. Influenced by his mother and sister, Adam has a kindled racist attitude towards foreigners. Naseema is a young girl from a family of Muslim immigrants; although her father is a liberal man, her brother Yousif knows only violence as a mean of countering the violence. When Adam and Naseema meet for the first time, their mutual attraction is immediately apparent. Adam’s prejudices soon begin to waver in the face of Naseema’s charm. Faced with the task of choosing between his family and his beloved, Adam chooses Naseema and a difficult time full of hostility and conflict begins for the couple. But Adam and Naseema’s private bliss is not enough to sustain their relationship. If their love is to survive, they must surmount the deep-seated prejudices within their community.

Original Title LOVE + HATE
Italian Title LOVE + HATE
Category Official Competition
Section Y Gen
Tipology Feature Film
Duration 83'
Production Year 2005
Nationality United Kingdom
Directed by Dominic Savage
Screenplay Dominic Savage
Script Dominic Savage
Director of photography Barry Ackroyd
Editor David G. Hill, Nicolas Gaster
Production Design Phil Rawsthorne
Costume Design Justine Luxton
Sound Ray Beckett
Music Rupert Gregson-Williams
Main cast Samina Awan (Naseema)
Tom Hudson (Adam)
Nichola Burley (Michelle)
Wasim Zakir (Yousif)
Dean Andrews (Derek)
Aliya Bhatti (Azara)
Produced by Neris Thomas

love  hate regDominic Savage

He was born in 1962 in Ramsgate (Kent). As a young man he appeared in Stanley Kubrick’s BARRY LINDON (1975). He studied at the National Film and Television School in London from 1985 to 1989, during which time he made four documentaries and several music videos for bands such as Public Enemy and The Stereo MCs, among others. After directing a number of programmes for television (particularly for BBC 2) and three television films (NICE GIRL, 2000; WHEN I WAS 12, 2001; OUT OF CONTROL, 2002). LOVE + HATE (2004) marks his debut as a director of a theatrical feature.


Director’s statement

“In London we’re lucky to be living in a city that is truthfully cosmopolitan and multiracial. I realized there are places where people don’t enjoy that same integration. I like the idea of two people from either side of a divide getting together. I was interested in finding out the consequences of that. Facing up to what you really feel as opposed to what you're supposed to feel. Hypocrisy. Racism. What is being a racist? And is it possible to change and become a non-racist?”

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