The synopsis on this page is for the film Western. Anyway, this was an exceptionally shot documentary that fairly observed the abhorrent attempted takeover of a small town by a white supremacist. It forces us to question where we draw the line between freedom of speech and hate speech, as well as what exactly should be done about the (hopefully) dying movement of racism in this country.
A part if me wonders if this film actually undercuts how pervasive white supremacy in America can be with this very surface look at racism. A part of me is absolutely thrilled that one of the neo-Nazi flags displayed actually uses the same bold impact font people put in image macros.
Watching this as a precursor Jeremy Saulnier's Green Room just cements the bizarre, frightening & very real world of racial supremacy & it's poisons. Welcome to Leith thankfully delivers the stories of a group of isolated, good people protesting against a group of isolated, weak-minded people & winning. The folk of Leith prove beautifully that they are the true inhabitants of the land as opposed to fascist invaders.
Given the discomfort I felt for the first half of this I was kind of relieved that this was a 45 minute story packaged as a 90 minute film. The general conflict is a timely one, embodying the impending growth of extremism over the globe and how is handled by 'liberal' groups. But as others have mentioned one can't help but feel the directors hope for the worse, which gives our natural voyeurism an uneasy relationship
A fascinating documentary on White supremacy´s place in America today centring around a little rural city called Leith. As the film goes on divided in chapters for each month the tension in Leith escalades as either the locals or the supremacies must make a stand for whats theirs. The film touches on many ethical and social questions but is rushes in the end to stand passive to explore them even more. 3.5 stars!
Concerning Welcome to Leith, I am of at least two minds. It ends up where it couldn't possibly have expected to go. Good. I like going to those places. I think it expected to be incendiary. It became, by necessity, sad. Often one sees a movie like this and cannot help but think that the filmmakers went in w/ the worst possible intentions, praying for terrible things to happen. Very little actually "happened." Good.
This is an even-handed documentary that inevitably forces the viewer to question their commitment to the freedoms espoused in the First Amendment. Cobb is vile and delusional, but he also generally obeys the law in public. Welcome to Leith is unsettling, but I usually prefer documentaries where I feel like I learned something about the subject as it applies to society. This just felt like an anomaly.