All across the country there has been a new awakening in regards to the terror and fear that still exists. White supremacist still exists in the rural backlands of America and now they have an extended reach to promote their lifestyles. In the town of Leith one man brings his form of mayhem and destruction and it consumes the lives of those that inhabit the area. WELCOME TO LEITH is a horrific look at the corruption of Craig Cobb and is one of the more provocative features for sometime. It heads to theaters this Friday.
The film 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.
Release date: 12TH February 2016
Certificate TBC / Running time 85 minutes
DIRECTED BY MICHAEL BEACH NICHOLS AND CHRISTOPHER K WALKER