The question hovering above three films about violent extremism in this year’s DOXA Festival is both timeless and urgently topical: Why do people believe things that are obviously not true? Each film provides intimate access to a dangerous fantasy. Embedded with Extremists is curated by Geoff Dembicki. Read his essay here

Håvard Bustnes | 
Norway |
 2017 | 
94 minutes

The rise of the far right in Europe is a puzzling, terrifying phenomenon. Norwegian filmmaker Håvard Bustnes arrived in Greece to uncover why the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn Party has become a legitimate political option for a significant percentage of Greek voters. The result is bizarre, chilling, and more than a little mesmerizing.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 6:45pm
Talal Derki | 
Germany/Syria/Lebanon |
 2017 | 
98 minutes

What Derki’s footage reveals is complex and human: the power of religious zeal and radical fundamentalism, but also the love of a father for his sons. As Abu-Osama’s two oldest sons Osama and Ayman reach young adulthood, they face assimilation into the ranks of armed combat.

Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 5:30pm
Friday, May 11, 2018 - 4:45pm
David Byars | 
US |
 2017 | 
80 minutes

In early 2016, President Donald Trump still seemed like a bad punchline, yet the angry roots of the movement that lifted him to power had already been formed. An early, unheeded sign of Middle America’s frustration came in January, when armed militants led by activist Ammon Bundy occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in eastern Oregon. The loosely organized right-wing militia was united by a shared hatred of what they perceived as tyranny and overreach by the federal government.

Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 4:30pm
Thursday, May 10, 2018 - 4:15pm