Welcome to Leith
In September 2012, the tiny prairie town of Leith, North Dakota, saw its population of 24 grow by one. Trouble had come to town.
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★★★½ review by Tasha Robinson on Letterboxd
Intense but not very in-depth documentary look at a teeny-tiny town (24 people!) shaken by the invasion of three white supremacists who are trying to lure in more racists for a democratic takeover. The behavior gets ugly all around, and the confrontations and manipulation are fascinating, but this doc is so painstakingly neutral and observatory that it doesn't ask any of the questions that need asking — not about the situation, and not of the interviewees. It's ground-level footage of a lot of unpleasantness, but it could use context. Full review for The A.V. Club here.
★★★½ review by kissoftreachery on Letterboxd
A documentary about a terribly frustrating situation in Leith, North Dakota. I felt like it begged to ask some bigger questions but enjoyed it's neutral stance and being able to see both sides of the story. Though if I lived next to a neo-Nazi commune I likely try my best to make them leave too.
★★★★½ review by Russell Holley on Letterboxd
Fascinating to watch as a group of white supremacists descend on a tiny unsuspecting North Dakota town. The legal means by which they take hold of Leith (population 24) is infuriating and unravels some interesting rights issues, but it was witnessing the rural resolve of this tight-knit community in the face of such hate that really left an impact on me.
★★★★ review by Andy Summers on Letterboxd
Giving a documentary like this one four stars risks giving the nutters at the centre of the story publicity that they neither warrant or deserve. The filmmakers however do deserve credit for this insightful and disturbing doc that focuses on a white supremacist attempting to create his own white Utopia in a corner of North Dakota. This was another of those crowd-funded efforts that have delivered the odd piece of stunning filmmaking, and although it's rough around the edges it does try to offer more than simply the hateful ideology the perpetrator brought to the tiny town of Leith. Sometimes it's a fly-on-the-wall look at the conflict and the insanity of the whole prospect of what white supremacist Craig Cobb is trying to achieve, and the next it's about the intimidation and provocation that he instigates towards the townspeople. The one thing that did rile me a little about this one was the constant attempts to hide behind certain Amendments that protected Cobb's right to live wherever he wished and preach hatred, sometimes society protects those who seek to do it the most harm.
★★★½ review by Grimbo on Letterboxd
Very interesting documentary where a known Nazi trys to buy up property in a small American town, effectively taking it over with fellow Nazis moving in and how the locals react.
Contains many frustrating moments including how low the Nazi Cobb will go and to rile people up and just how stupid some folk really are out there!
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