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Welcome to Leith chronicles the attempted takeover of a small town in North Dakota by notorious white supremacist Craig Cobb. As his behavior becomes more threatening, tensions soar, and the residents desperately look for ways to expel their unwanted neighbor. With incredible access to both longtime residents of Leith and white supremacists, the film examines a small community in the plains struggling for sovereignty against an extremist vision.
I remember seeing Craig Cobb a number of years ago on a day time talk show. He of course came off as a total nut job and I figured that was the end of his story. I did not realize that he had moved to the tiny town of Leith in North Dakota. A town that is only three square miles and there are only 24 people in town including the children. If you think about it he must have done his homework because he picked a town he figured he could take over. Soon after arriving he began buying up some of the abandoned properties with the plan to move in more white supremacists in order to take the town completely over.
"Welcome to Leith" is a pretty scary film. You just can't make up this kind of crazy. The world would be a much better place without people like Cobb in it spreading their hate. At first it seemed like the people in town had very few options. Sadly Cobb and his gang had rights and the people of Leith had to go through the legal system in order to get him out of town which was a tall task to say the least. Thankfully his own hatred and stupidity got the best of him and he was arrested and put on trail for terrorizing but he later took a plea deal which sadly set him free. In the end the town of Leith was free from him and the other white supremacists but they were left disappointed and felt let down by the justice system. They also feared he might someday return.
This is a thought-provoking and interesting film but it also makes you think what might happen if someone like Cobb moves in next door to you. It is certainly an eye opener and it shows that this kind of hatred, bullying and terrorizing of other people cannot and will not be tolerated in our society. "Welcome to Leith" is playing in theaters now. You can find out where and when you can see it by visiting the film's web site HERE.
A disturbing look at white supremacists and how they still operate today.
Released by First Run Features
***** Out Of *****