ALT-RIGHT: An investigation into the roots of rising white nationalism in the U.S. and abroad.
Carmen Gray
Carmen Gray
Freelance film critic and regular contributor to Modern Times Review.
Published date: November 17, 2020

Richard Spencer is sitting in his mother’s grandly appointed home in snowy Montana as he muses on his idea of utopia — an ethnostate he believes may not happen in his own life but that his grandchildren will experience, where a magnetic levitation train will fly down a boulevard named after him to a world art museum. In its mix of nationalism, narcissism, vague and gimmicky, paint-by-numbers images of civilised culture and progress, the outlandish vision says a lot about the mindset of this trust-fund poster boy of a new era of neo-Nazism. He’s one of the alt-right’s three most visible figures profiled in Daniel Ambroso’s White Noise, which is screening at the IDFA, and which is the first feature documentary from US publisher The Atlantic.

Also profiled, which seeks to explain the resurgence of white supremacist ideology and the way in which every online advocates of hate have fuelled its popularity, is Lauren Southern. A Barbie-blonde Canadian YouTuber who likes to affix «It’s OK to be white» stickers to things, she’s known for promoting the Great Replacement, a conspiracy theory falsely claiming the white European …

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