Welcome to Leith

Dir: Michael Beach, Christopher K. Nichols, Walker





Welcome to Leith is a superb new documentary chronicling a story stranger than fiction: the real, attempted takeover of a small town in north Dakota by a notorious white supremacist, Craig Cobb.

Interviewing both the residents of Leith and the white supremacists at the heart of the action, the film examines both this particular incident, a struggle to overcome unwelcome extremism, and also the general psychology of a small, remote community under duress.

It at times feels like a horror film with its sinister score and bleakly beautiful shots of Fargo-esque plains. But the horror here is all too real: the grim, violent hatred at the heart of neo-Nazism.

In a time when gun crime, racism, social paranoia and xenophobia enhanced by terrorism (and its political exploitation) are key narratives in US public life – they’re likely to be cornerstones of the upcoming election in 2016 – this is a timely, resonant and deeply compelling film.

Booking Information

Release Date

12 February 2016

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