Welcome to Leith…Leith as in North Dakota USA. A documentary set in a barren, if beautiful landscape. It is a landscape that is slowly emptying of people; there are only 24 people in Leith including one black man. And maybe that is why it was chosen by white supremacist Craig Cobb to buy up land for his nasty followers to take over the town. The documentary takes place over six months as Cobb terrorises the local people and gives himself a national media profile. But the film is not just about one man but about the way in which white supremacist organisations organise and the abscence of any strategy from the national government to police them. This was shown in the interviews with the brave people who work for the Southern Poverty Law Center who say that since 9/11 the government has switched funding from white supremacist groups to Islamist groups. Ignoring the reality that the white groups have targeted and killed individuals including judges as well as Jewish and Asian people.
Cobb is a long term racist but in Leith he does come across a community that refuse to allow him to dominate the town and force them out. There is a brilliant scene where the local, (probably means hundreds of miles) communities including the First Nation people, turn up to support the townspeople and oppose the supremacists. But its the locals who are terrorised by Cobb as he buys up the cheap land, struts about with guns and is filmed by his mates, and encourages others to target the townspeople through uploading their personal details onto his white supremacist website. Welcome to Leith has parallels over here as we have seen the BNP/UKIP win elections across the country as the mainstream parties grow evermore corrupt and voters react in the only way they feel able to. Great film, shame Home have only given it a limited number of screenings.
Out about anti-war activists during the First World War on Wed 2 March from 1215pm at the WCML. The event kicks off with Dr Ali Ronan discussing her new booklet ‘Unpopular resistance: the rebel networks of men and women in opposition to the First World War in Manchester and Salford 1914-1918’ in an illustrated talk about the intriguing networks of anti-war activists in Manchester and Salford in WW1. Followed by a specially-written ‘Living History’ performance, No Power on Earth, about the true story of Salford Conscientious Objector, James Hudson, an ordinary school teacher at the start of the First World War who finds himself at odds with the popular mood. . And it is free!!
Women of Palestine Living through Trauma; Building Resistance on Saturday 5 March 1-5pm at Cross Street Chapel. It is PSC’s International Women’s Day and one of the few events that reflects the true ethos of IWD. An event that publicises the injustice facing women and men in Palestine and expects you to do something about it!
The event includes food, talks, films and discussions and its free! Further information see
To a new play by up and coming northwest playwright Jane Bradley; The Curse. She says; “Paying tribute to the best girls behaving badly in TV, film and fiction – the characters from The Craft, Foxfire, Mi Vida Loca and Sugar Rush, among countless others – The Curse celebrates girlhood in all its gore and glory”. The play starts on 10 March at that wonderful venue 3MT for tickets see