Kynan Dutton, Craig Cobb and Deb Henderson walk the streets of Leith, North Dakota in Welcome to Leith.
The documentary Welcome to Leith follows white supremacist Craig Cobb's 2013 attempt to create an Aryan enclave in Leith, North Dakota. He bought a dozen properties with the notion of having followers move in and also buy other homes, eventually enabling them to politically control the town of 24 people. The townspeople did not like the idea, and demonstrations followed, including by neo-Nazi groups and others.
The movie is one of the documentaries screening in the New Orleans Film Festival this week, and it is a real-life thriller, as Cobb attempts to intimidate his neighbors, white supremacists descend on the town and neighbors fight back. The filmmakers followed the story from the early protests through the heated maneuvering to control the town's makeup, and they spent plenty of time with Cobb. Welcome to Leith and other festival documentaries are reviewed here.
Cobb made news again last week. Spoiler alert: details after the jump.
Groups like the Southern Poverty Law Center follow hate-group leaders like Cobb. He's notorious for publishing the addresses and personal information of adversaries online. He lost his bid to control Leith, but it wasn't his last attempt to create a white supremacist haven.
In August, Cobb's efforts to buy properties in Antler, North Dakota were thwarted. His term for such a town is a PLE, or "Pioneer Little Europe." He said he would rename the town after GOP primary frontrunner Donald Trump. Talking Points Memo has the details.