Blood in the Face
Director: Anne Bohlen, Kevin Rafferty, James Ridgeway
- 1991 Sundance Film Festival
1988 marked a pivitol year for the extreme radical right. That was the year that saw former Klu Klux Klan leader David Duke run for the Louisiana state legislature and win amid swirling controversy about his past. His election pointed out the alarming momentum white supremacists have achieved. Blood in the Face is the story of this movement, which is comprised of the KKK, the neo-Nazis, the Order, the Canadian Fascists and the Euro-American Alliance, both past and present, told from within its ranks and without any narration. Blatant and unflinching, the members outline their goals and their means to achieve them. Without remorse or any guilty conscience, they deny the Holocaust, denigrate every nonwhite race, and praise the deeds of Adolf Hitler. Punctuating their statements of denial and hate are chilling archival film and television footage of American Nazi Party founder George Lincoln Rockwell, The Order leader Pastor Butler, and the political rise of David Duke, set against the backdrop of his jaded past.
Controversial in nature and acting as a double-edged sword, Blood in the Face minimizes its editorializing, allowing the words and actions of the individuals to speak for themselves. "We have nothing to hide" is the message reiterated. But what is clear is that their invisible numbers do pose a rising threat. Blood in the Face gives us the opportunity to place faces on the enemy and understand who and what they are.