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In 1987, during the austere days of Thatcher’s Britain, a Muslim teenager learns to live life, understand his family and find his own voice through the music of Bruce Springsteen.

1987. When music fanatic Javed discovers the illustrious back catalogue of The Boss his world is turned upside down; already a creative soul his passion for music and writing is set alight by the songs of the working-class poet, whose lyrics feel all too familiar to the aspirational teenager. Yearning to escape his rundown hometown and the rules of his traditional Pakistani household, Javed finds himself caught in between two worlds and must discover if he too is Born to Run…

Blinded By The Light, written and directed by Gurinder Chadha and co-written by Sarfraz Manzoor based on his memoir Greetings from Bury Park, premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.

“I didn’t know music could be like that. Is a dream a lie if it doesn’t come true?”

“My dream is to build a bridge to my dreams, but not a wall between my family and me.”

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