Documentary thriller Welcome to Leith on DVD in March
29 January 2016
Welcome to Leith tells the story of the tiny prairie town of Leith, North Dakota, saw its population of 24 grow by one. The newcomer was Craig Cobb, a notorious white supremacist. Quietly snapping up plots of land, he planned to take over the town government and establish Cobbsville, a haven for white separatists. In organizing a rally of supremacists and neo-Nazis and courting them to take up residence, Cobb does not endear himself to Leith. As his behaviour becomes more threatening, tensions soar, and the residents desperately look for ways to expel their unwanted neighbour.
This chronicle of a rural community’s struggle for sovereignty amidst extremism quite cleverly maneuvers us into an uncomfortable confrontation with our own values. Like the residents, we feel our anger escalate, but as disturbing and hateful as his racist attitudes are, Cobb is afforded certain protections under the law.
The unsettling underpinning of Welcome to Leith is how we wrestle with our democratic principles when they're pushed to the limit. The film was described by The Guardian thus: "‘This new documentary...is filmed like a thriller – but the fact that it actually happened is what’s most terrifying."
Directed by Michael Beach Nichols and Christopher K. Walker and a multi-award winner at international festivals, Welcome to Leith will be released on UK DVD on 21st March 2016 by Metrodome at a yet to be confirmed RRP.