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Deeyah Khan and Darin Prindle (Norwegian/British and American)

Filmed in 2017, USA

White Right: Meeting the Enemy

Fuuse Films for ITV Exposure

With a US president propagating anti-Muslim propaganda and the far-right gaining ground in western democracies, Deeyah Khan sits face-to-face with fascists, racists and the proponents of “alt-right” ideologies to find out why. From Breitbart’s darling, Richard Spencer to Jeff Schoep, leader of America’s largest neo-Nazi organisation, Deeyah attempts to get behind their violent ideology, accompanying them to America's biggest and most violent far right rally in recent years.

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Deeyah is an award-winning documentary film director and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for artistic freedom and creativity. Of Muslim heritage, Deeyah is committed to telling stories from the margins, of extremes, and of third-culture spaces.  Her film, BANAZ about the “honour” killing of a British-Kurdish woman won an Emmy, Peabody and received an RTS nomination. Her second film JIHAD which was nominated for a Grierson and a Bafta, involved two years interviewing Islamic extremists and convicted terrorists. 

Darin is an Emmy and Peabody award-winning documentary film producer. He has worked on numerous film projects for the BBC, ITV and CNN. Through his work with Deeyah Khan, his primary focus is centered on stories from the margins of society. Prior to filmmaking, Darin began his career in music, working with artists such as TLC, Madonna, Destiny’s Child, Sinead O’Connor and Cypress Hill.

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Judges Comments

“The filmmakers put themselves in an awkward and extraordinary situation which challenged both the subject and them - and the viewer in a way. Deeyah’s personality and her extraordinary interviewing technique, in what must have been emotionally very difficult circumstances, really shone a light on these characters that we generally don't know much about.  The film is an exceptional example of how a reporter-led story may add to the storytelling rather than detract from it. Although the topic has been covered a lot in recent years, they got under the skin of these characters in a way that no-one else has.”