Alt-Right: Age of Rage

Alt-Right: Age of Rage

  • USA
  • 104
  • 14A
  • Adam Bhala Lough

Less than halfway through the Trump presidency, the gains made by the American civil rights movement in the ’50s and ’60s to end racial discrimination are being dismantled. Filmmaker Adam Bhala Lough’s chilling exposé of the country’s explosive race war embeds itself with white supremacist leader Richard Spencer, as well as Spencer’s most resolute adversary, anti-fascist activist Daryle Lamont Jenkins. Taking place in the lead-up to the 2017 Charlottesville riots, in which a white-power militant deliberately drove a car into counter-protestors, the film’s graphic access to chief agitators exposes shameful tactics of hatred and the distressing scale of support they win. Scenes of Spencer manipulating crowds and Jenkins appealing for reason play against equally disturbing historical archives and biting observations from political hawks. Witness how easily hate speech can be conflated with free speech, and violence with protest, in this front-line primer on American race relations. Myrocia Watamaniuk

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