WELCOME TO LEITH
directors: Michael Beach Nichols, Christopher K. Walker
opens September 26th, Mayfair Theatre
1074 Bank Street
Forget cat leash and garage door colour bylaws; there are neighbourhood issues and then are neighbourhood issues. This is the rather engrossing story of a little North Dakotan intersection called Leith (population 24), which is threatened by a white supremacy wash courtesy of top racist bully Chris Cobb.
Intending to take over the town and set up a breeding shop for his kaucasian klan, Cobb moves in and starts buying up dirt cheap properties. All seems cool, until the swastika flags fly, and the locals wake up. Hiding behind the first amendment, creepy Cobb attempts a town coup, which looks plausible given the small numbers game. And we are off to the race war.
Filmakers Nichols and Walker document the proceedings in a cool, distant manner, letting the sides speak for themselves as the cameras roll. In an interesting twist, we have the evil side testing boundaries but never breaking the criminal law, whereas the good side crosses many lines in order to win the property battle of their lives.
The bleak but beautifully barren backdrop provides the perfect backdrop for the fight; a place that offers very little but a home – something to defiantly defend at all costs. This is the classic American struggle in a nutshell.
Amidst the drama, we get a bonus primo prize in Cobb’s right hand man Kynan Dutton: a scrawny bespectacled, Kool Aid drinkin’ misfit with an eloquent tongue, who dresses in army fatigues, oozes white trash, and rocks a Hitler moustache. Apparently he’s getting his own well deserved documentary. Can’t wait.
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