2015 Dallas International Film Festival: Welcome to Leith
Three-square miles, 24 residents. Welcome to the town of Leith, North Dakota. It’s peaceful, rural; a ghost town made up of farmers and ranchers whose land has been passed down from generations before.
Then, in 2012, an outsider named Craig Cobb moved to Leith and began buying up property and houses in disrepair. With the recent nearby oil boom, many in town thought he was there for work. They quickly discover that Cobb has other plans.
In Welcome to Leith directors Michael Beach Nichols and Christopher K. Walker document how notorious white supremacist Craig Cobb moved to Leith in an attempt to take over the local government. The complexities of the scene are fascinating and unsettling – Cobb’s plan was all done legally and he is afforded certain protections under the law. Tensions quickly rise within the community as Cobb’s behavior becomes more threatening.
Welcome to Leith is a thrilling, eerie and often uncomfortable film, presenting the town’s struggle to expel their new, unwanted neighbor and exploring our democratic rights, even at their most extreme.