Best of Hot Docs: Welcome to Leith

ADMISSION: Festival Pass$10 General / $8 Members

Dirs. Michael Beach Nichols & Christopher K. Walker
2015, USA, 86 min
Manitoba Premiere

Welcome to Leith is a terrifying and fascinating exploration of boundaries and free speech. When the industry around Leith, North Dakota, died, most of the properties were abandoned, leaving it a quiet and forgotten near-ghost town. Now with a total population of just 24, Leith is only about three square miles in area and it’s the kind of place where the mayor is also the man who drives the school bus. So when a stranger arrives in town and starts offering to buy plots of abandoned land, the close-knit community is thrilled at the prospect. That is, until they realize the man is Craig Cobb, a notorious white supremacist who plans to populate the land with Nazi sympathizers so he can tip the voting majority. The community bands together to save their home from this hateful—but legal—plot.
– Sarafina DiFelice, Hot Docs

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