Blinded by the Light

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Director: Gurinder Chadha Run Time: 114 min. Format: Digital Rating: PG-13

Release Year: 2019

Starring: Hayley Atwell, Kulvinder Ghir, Nell Williams, Rob Brydon, Viveik Kalra

Blinded by the Light is a joyful story of courage, love, hope, family and the unique ability of music to lift the human spirit. The film tells the story of Javed (Viveik Kalra), a British teen of Pakistani descent growing up in the town of Luton, England, in 1987. Amidst the racial and economic turmoil of the times, he writes poetry as a means to escape the intolerance of his hometown and the inflexibility of his traditional father. But when a classmate introduces him to the music of Bruce Springsteen, Javed sees parallels to his working-class life in The Boss’ powerful lyrics. As Javed discovers a cathartic outlet for his own pent-up dreams, he also begins to find the courage to express himself in his own unique voice.