Film Screening and Conversation on White Right: Meeting the Enemy
17. september 2018
##Update: This screening is now fully booked, and there are no longer any available seats. We apologise.##
Fritt Ord invites the public to a film screening and conversation on White Right: Meeting the Enemy, the 2018 Emmy-nominated documentary film about the Charlottesville rally, the race wars, fascism, racism, and alt-right in America today. The event will take place on Monday, 17 September 2018 at 6 p.m., at Fritt Ord, Uranienborgveien 2, Oslo.
Participating in the conversation is director DEEYAH KHAN, and two of the protagonists from the film:
- ARNO MICHAELIS, former leader of a worldwide racist skinhead organization and lead singer of the hate-metal band Centurion
- PARDEEP KALEPA, trauma therapist and a voice against hate crime and violence, whose father was shot and killed in a Sikh temple in the US by a white supremacist
The conversation is moderated by INGERID SALVESEN, journalist and host for the podcast Du verden!.
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About the film White Right: Meeting the Enemy:
When Deeyah Khan was six, her father took her to her first anti-racism rally. A Pakistani immigrant to Norway, he promised her that things would get better and that the skinhead gangs that terrorised their family and families like them would soon find themselves relics of past prejudices, that bigotry belonged in history, that tomorrow would be a more tolerant time.
Three decades on, and we’re still waiting for tomorrow.
With a US president propagating anti-Muslim propaganda, the far-right gaining ground in German elections, hate crime rising in the UK, and divisive populist rhetoric infecting political and public discourse across western democracies, Deeyah Khan’s White Right: Meeting the Enemy asks why.
And to do so, she first addresses who.
Following the lauded JIHAD – in which she spoke to radicalised British Muslims who had fought in the name of jihad on the battlefields of Afghanistan, Iraq, Bosnia and Chechnya and now found themselves full of regret – Deeyah joins the frontline of the race wars in America. She sits face-to-face with fascists, racists and the proponents of the “alt-right” ideologies that have propelled Donald Trump to the presidency. From Breitbart’s darling, Richard Spencer to Jeff Schoep, leader of American’s largest neo-Nazi organisation, Deeyah’s need to find the deeper human causes of horrific social forces opens a different possibility for connection and solutions. Rather than dismiss these men as monsters, she’s determined to discover the men behind the masks.
As she tries to get beyond the scare stories to the real stories, behind the headlines to the human beings, Deeyah finds her own prejudices challenged and her own tolerance tested. And that’s before she finds herself in the midst of a race riot, at the now-infamous Unite the Right march in Charlottesville, Virginia. With her own safety in jeopardy, Deeyah experiences the vitriol from both sides in an increasingly violent and vicious divide. Though Martin Luther King Jr. said that “love is the only force capable of turning an enemy into a friend”, can Deeyah find it within her to try and befriend the fascists she meets? Will her empathy extend to neo-Nazis? Even when they declare, to her face, that she is, effectively, sub-human?
Urgent and resonant, White Right is Deeyah Khan’s most personal film yet. Praising White Right: Meeting the Enemy, The Times of London said: “Khan uses hard and soft skills to discover what drives such hatred and forces people to face her, their so-called enemy: it gets under their skin and yields results… Deeyah Khan is an extraordinary filmmaker.”
- 2018 Emmy Award nomination for Best International Current Affairs film
- 2018 BAFTA Award nomination in the Current Affairs category
- PeaceJam Special Jury Prize winner at Monte-Carlo TV Festival
“Part investigative journalist, part almost psychotherapist, Khan uses hard and soft skills to discover what drives such hatred and forces people to face her, their so-called enemy: it gets under their skin and yields results.”’
– The Times
“An entirely worthwhile film and – given that Khan has received death threats in the past – a brave one, too.”
– The Guardian
“Deeyah Khan is an extraordinary film-maker. It was she who interviewed former Muslim radicalisers in Jihad, reduced one to tears of regret. In White Right: Meeting the Enemy she interviewed American far-righters and neo-Nazis and again reached the parts that others do not. Khan bravely made this film after she was interviewed on TV about multiculturalism, then received a barrage of hate calling her a “shitskin incubator” who should be “raped, tortured and killed”.”
– The Times
The Fritt Ord Foundation has funded the development and the production of the film.
Footage from the conversation has now been published on the Fritt Ord YouTube Channel.