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Blood in the Face

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Initial DVD release  August 21, 2007
Country  USA
7/10 IMDb

Genre  Documentary
Story by  James Ridgeway
Language  English
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Director  Anne Bohlen Kevin Rafferty James Ridgeway
Writer  James Ridgeway (book)
Initial release  February 27, 1991 (New York City)
Directors  James Ridgeway, Kevin Rafferty, Anne Bohlen
Cast  James Ridgeway, Kevin Rafferty, Michael Moore, George Lincoln Rockwell, Anne Bohlen
Similar movies  Who Killed Vincent Chin? (1987), Louis and the Nazis (2003), Welcome to Leith (2015), Dark Girls (2011), Scottsboro: An American Tragedy (2000)
Tagline  Welcome to the Ku Klux Klan, American Nazi Party and David Duke

Inspired by the work of investigative journalist James Ridgeway, filmmakers Anne Bohlen and Kevin Rafferty examine the philosophies and goals of white-supremacist groups, from the Ku Klux Klan to the American Nazi Party. Shot primarily at a neo-Nazi gathering in rural Michigan, this social document includes candid interviews with white racists, footage of figureheads George Lincoln Rockwell and David Duke and clips from the groups own hate-filled propaganda videos.

Blood in the Face is a 1991 documentary film about white supremacy groups in North America. It was directed by Anne Bohlen, Kevin Rafferty and James Ridgeway. It features many interviews with various white supremacist leaders, and archival footage of others.

An expose of the beliefs, history, and personalities of American White Supremacist groups, including neo-Nazis, fascists, the Ku Klux Klan, and the Aryan Nation. Footage includes interviews, as well as the supremacist's own promotional material. Subject discussed include the loss of America to the "colored" races, the imminent racial bloodbath, interracial breeding, prejudice, the Holocaust, Jesus, Christianity, Jews, the Bible, and illegal immigrants who enter the country with nuclear bombs strapped to their backs.

Production details

Blood in the Face was inspired by a nonfiction book by author James Ridgeway, who is also credited as one of the films directors. This documentary was largely shot in Cohoctah Township, Michigan. It focuses on a gathering of neo-Nazis, racists, and conspiracy theorists who expect people of color to ignite a Racial Holy War in the U.S.

Filmmakers Anne Bohlen and Kevin Rafferty take an intentionally leisurely, conversational tack with supremacists who have assembled for lectures and workshops on everything from getting their message out via home videos to moving all like-minded "white Christians" to the Northwest, especially the Idaho Panhandle.

According to the audio commentary on the Roger & Me DVD, Academy Award-winning American filmmaker Michael Moore appears as an off-screen interviewer because he was originally contacted to arrange a meeting between the filmmakers and the supremacists since he had previously interviewed them for a magazine. At the last minute, the filmmakers backed out of the interview and Moore stepped in to conduct it. Moore is thanked in the end credits.

Michael Moore does appear on camera during one interview, and can be heard during another interview.


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