White Right: Meeting the Enemy
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White Right: Meeting the Enemy

2017, Society  -   21 Comments
Ratings: 6.38/10 from 91 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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Michael Bishop
3 years ago

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.

3 years ago

Lefist feminist muslim. wtf ?

3 years ago

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

Nevada Smith
3 years ago

Muslim feminist, isn't that an oxymoron?

3 years ago

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

3 years ago

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

3 years ago

It was gripping

3 years ago

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

Sharon Shea
3 years ago

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.

3 years ago

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

denis preedy
3 years ago

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?

3 years ago

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.

White man
3 years ago

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

3 years ago

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.