White Right: Meeting the Enemy

2017, Society  -   21 Comments
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Ratings: 6.47/10 from 72 users.

Activist and filmmaker Deeyah Khan attempts to extract a sense of humanity from the dark heart of racism in White Right: Meeting the Enemy, a documentary that places her in the center of the violent extremist movement in America.

Following a similar expose, Khan received a flurry of vitriolic and threatening messages. For this project, she sets out to face down this hate head-on by sitting across from a variety of members from extreme far-right and white nationalist organizations. She wants to understand the origins of their hatred.

A Muslim feminist, her presence alone is enough to make her interview subjects squirm. After all, in their minds, she represents their diminishing superiority in American society.

One of these subjects is Jeff Schoep, who at the time of the filming served as the leader of one of the most popular Neo Nazis groups in the country. The setting of their meeting is Charlottesville, Virginia on the eve of the Unite the Right Rally - the demonstration that turned fatal in August of 2017.

Schoep provides a tour of his crumbling hometown, and expresses his opinions on the detrimental economic impact that more open immigration policies pose to the white race. Later in the film, Khan interviews alt-right leader and noted white supremacist Richard Spencer.

These interviews are not staged as bitter confrontations. Kahn allows each of her subjects the opportunity to freely share their views, but is always ready to point out the inconsistencies and flaws in their belief system. Some of these subjects wither in the face of reasoned opposition, others double down on their sense of entitlement, and one even resigns from his life in the white nationalist movement after witnessing firsthand the threats that are thrown her way in the process of filming.

The threat of aggression is always present - from the frontlines of the Charlottesville protests to the training of National Socialist Movement members in the hills of Tennessee.

White Right: Meeting the Enemy breaks down the impersonal barriers that separate the aggressors from their imagined enemies. The film raises the hope that face-to-face interaction and open communication may hold the key to dissolving the scourge of racism.

Directed by: Deeyah Khan

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21 Comments / User Reviews

  1. Michael Bishop

    She edited the hell out of her interviews. Watch the coverage. That leads me to believe she’s manipulating the film to how she wants to show it. She seems to only lay her views onto the interviewee then she cuts around the Answers so us as viewers don’t get a fair grasp of the conversation. She’s not a good film maker just a decent editor.

  2. THIAGO

    Lefist feminist muslim. wtf ?

    1. Jimbone

      I know right, this documentary is propaganda plain and simple. LOL on of the signs say "The KKK is right", like anyone but leftist lunatics think like this. They need to teach history to the youth, the KKK was born from and has ALWAYS been left. ALWAYS. But like you said, what else can we expect from a Muslim feminist. HAHAHA

  3. Chris

    This is horrifying!
    The white race needs to stand up!

  4. Nevada Smith

    Muslim feminist, isn't that an oxymoron?

  5. blue

    they are just not use to share the cake. yeah it can feel like ppl are taking away somethig for you when after centuries of beleving you are the best and the "natural ruller" people stand up for them self and be like : stop abusing and traumatizing us

  6. snopes

    yeah, sooooooo brave to guilt trip white people today when the entire system is anti white (sarcasm)

    1. nsecchi

      Are you a poor little victim?

    2. nsecchi

      Jeff Scoop's mind wanders and he can't answer a simple question? Has he put too much stuff up his nose?

  7. TIM MURPHY

    It was gripping

  8. CWG

    From Miss Khan's courageous film I confirmed this truth: Hurt people hurt people....

  9. Sharon Shea

    This is a remarkable documentary. It took sensitivity, intelligence, patience, insight, and a large dose of courage to make it. Instead of the usual "look at them fighting - how awful" film creator Deeyah Khan gets right into the heart of some very difficult and scary subjects. And she enlightens all of us.

  10. tim

    Great to see how a few simple questions can turn a life around. Top drawer documentary and more power to your elbow Deeyah! Amazing.

  11. denis preedy

    So, she ended her program with a large dose of propaganda. She showed us large doses of what she considers to be ''Nasty'' people, then showed us a half-dozen that, in her opinion, had redeemed themselves. Is she about to produce a program interviewing Muslims bombers blowing up western women and children and explaining how sad that makes her feel?

    1. Max

      she already did.
      - Jihad: A Story of the Others
      - Islam's Non-Believers

  12. Mark

    This is an outstanding documentary. It really shows how some of these individuals are hurting, and they think that joining a far-right movement is the answer. It shows the power of getting to know someone from a race or group that you perceive as an enemy. As for the filmmaker, she is a brave and remarkable woman.

  13. White man

    Maybe white people should immigrate to muslim countries and demand they change their laws to accommodate the white man see how they treat the white man then

    1. JMFD

      Like the British Empire did in Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, and others across the world? Like the Americans do to this day?

  14. j.smith

    Should make a film about the FAR LEFT and the violence they promote too..Or make a doc about both sides and the violence they promote.Good film though, food for thought.Times are changing. For every cause there is an effect, and what you are seeing here is the effect.Unless the cause is understood then there will be no solution.

    1. Lulu

      Excellent doc which helps a lot
      to uncover the attitudes and emotions behind the conflicts of today not only in the USA but globally. Some regions are no doubt in better positions avoid similar angst than others, but finally we are all in this together. This portrays a small ray of hope for tolerance and understanding but it scratches the nasty surface. Next the real root causes of the problems humanity faces must be understood and overcome or we are in for a long and uncomfortable future.

    2. Caedmon

      The cause is understood already. It is multiculturalism. White Americans are being turned into the new American Indian, a people being dispossessed against its will in its own homeland. If this were allowed in any non-Western country, don't you think there would be some blowback? Of course there would. After all, the American Indians did not always remain peaceful while they were being dispossessed either. Furthermore, even in countries where multiculturalism is not the result of an immigration policy that the majority of people never wanted, diversity of every kind is still a factor that increases the risk of political instability, including inter-group violence. If you support increased diversity, then you must accept increased risk of revolution, civil war, coups, as well as various expressions of non-violent conflict and inter-group competition. It is irrational to believe that you can forge a one-sided coin. Social harmony is only found in homogeneous states, or in absolute dictatorships like the former Soviet Union where everyone lives under strict control.