Exit: Leaving Extremism Behind
Norway/Germany/Sweden | 2018 | 85 minutes | Color | DVD | English/Norwegian/French/German/Danish | Subtitled | Order No. 191236
A former right-wing extremist explores why people join hate groups and what makes them decide to leave.
"An immensely valuable work for anyone wanting to understand the mindset of extremism and the possibility of rehabilitation."
"EXIT includes that rarely seen perspective of women in a world and movement we largely associate with angry men. A sober look at an urgent and relevant topic, finding parallels between what is happening in Europe and U.S."
"One of the 15 essential documentaries of 2018"
"EXIT draws a complex and nuanced picture of extremism and the way out - daring to lay bare the grim face of violence."
"A kind of rough edged masterpiece. At a time when it seemed that the world was growing darker, the film reminded me that people can change and it provided a little light."
"This film excels in showing the humanity behind the extremism. The faults, the pain, the blind anger and how it’s easy to get involved with a group that simplifies those emotions into “us versus them."
SCREENING HIGHLIGHTS AND AWARDS
- Young Eyes Film Award, DOK Leipzig
- Gedanken-Aufschluss Prize, DOK Leipzig
- Goethe-Institut Documentary Film Prize, DOK Leipzig
- Doc NYC
- DOK Leipzig
- UNAFF - United Nations Association Film Festival
- Love & Anarchy: Helsinki International Film Festival
- Nordisk Panorama Malmö
- International Documentary Festival Visioni dal mondo, Immagini dalla realtà
- Dokufest IDF Prizren
- Oslo Pix
- Nordic Docs
Karen Winther was born in Norway in 1978 and graduated from the NFTS, National Film and Television School in 2012. Her first feature was her graduation film at NFTS, THE BETRAYAL, a personal film about her involvement in extremist groups in Norway in her teenage years. The film premiered at IDFA and received several awards. In her second feature EXIT, Karen continues to explore violent extremism from a personal angle and what can make extremists change. EXIT premiered at CPH DOX in 2018 and received a Special Mention at the Nordic Docs festival. (10/18)