WELCOME TO LEITH (2015) [Feature]

USA (MIFF 2015 , Witness to the Fact – True Crime on Film)

"A gripping you-are-there portrait of a community under siege ... as engrossing as a fictional thriller." – Variety

Leith, North Dakota, could be the perfect setting for a horror film: the remote, almost ghost town (population: 24) was a picture of run-down rural isolation until neo-Nazi Craig Cobb – one of the most infamous white supremacists in America – arrived in 2012. Purchasing several plots of land, severely depreciated due to the area's economic ebb, Cobb called on to his white separatist brethren to join him in making Leith an Aryan haven, and the villagers found themselves living with real-life terror.

As tensions fray between the fearful locals, including Leith's one African American citizen, and the interlopers, whose abhorrent activities are supported by America's free-speech laws, filmmakers Michael Beach Nichols and Christopher K Walker expertly catch the rising menace, making Welcome to Leith a keenly suspenseful exploration of racial hatred and of one town's fight against it.

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