Labor Day is upon us, and if you still haven’t seen the best reviewed movie of the summer— go now during the holiday. ‘Blinded by the Light’ featuring the classic rock music of Bruce Springsteen is about an immigrant family from Pakistan who live in Luton in the U.K. and their struggles to make a living, and survive anti-immigrant racism, particularly white nationalist racism. While you might think the story is ripped from today’s headlines, actually it ripped from the late 1980s in Britain when Thatcherism had stirred up and emboldened the white nationalists in the country— does this sound familiar. At the heart of the story is the tale of a bright young man named Javed with a gift for writing, and a belief that Bruce Springsteen’s lyrics perfectly exegeted his feeling and very soul. Meanwhile, his traditionalist father doesn’t want his son to like Western music or even to be anything other than Pakistani. So can a young find true love, a career in writing, while balancing the tensions with family and trying to please everyone at once? As Javed says near the end of the film– ‘I wish to build a bridge to my dream future, without building a wall against my family.”
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