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Louis Theroux tackles far-right antisemitic extremists in new series

Louis Theroux: Forbidden America will explore the impact of the internet and social media on people with dangerous, extreme or morally questionable lifestyles

Francine Wolfisz is the Features Editor for Jewish News.

Louis Theroux explores far-right anti-Semitic extremists in his new series, Forbidden America
Louis Theroux explores far-right anti-Semitic extremists in his new series, Forbidden America

Film-maker Louis Theroux will tackle far-right antisemitic extremists in a new three-part documentary series.

Louis Theroux: Forbidden America will explore the impact of the internet and social media on people with dangerous, extreme or morally questionable lifestyles.

In the first film, Theroux meets young and highly inflammatory figures from the far-right, including those involved recently in the notorious Capitol Hill riots. 

A community primarily made up of men, its leaders stream shows and build solidarity through online networks.

Their followers are a growing army of similar-minded activists who hang on their every word, breeding a fast-growing ‘dissident’ nationalist movement that shares deeply antisemitic, racist, homophobic and misogynistic views. 

Theroux also immerses himself in the new world of rap and hip-hop in America’s southern states and explores the porn industry as it grapples with its own #MeToo movement. 

Theroux says the films highlight “the dangers of the technotopia we all now inhabit, where extremist content can be piped directly into the phones and laptops of millions of children”. 

He adds: “But they also illustrate some of the positive opportunities the new world has created by disrupting old hierarchies of power.”

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