Directed by Michael W. Wilson ∙ 2009 ∙ United States ∙ 88'
As Trump’s election in 2016 had shown, right-wing fascist groups cannot be considered as fringe and peripheral in the U.S., easily discounted for their extremism and small numbers. SILHOUETTE CITY couldn’t be more relevant as it compellingly tracks the rise of one faction of the American right, charting a troubling course of the recent history of American apocalypticism.
This beautifully crafted and thoughtful film deploys rarely seen archival footage and right-wing movement propaganda, alongside original investigative material, to probe the origins of apocalyptic Christian nationalism and its most extreme adherents as they move from the margins to the mainstream.
A riveting historical document as well as cautionary commentary on power vaccuums, racism and political apathy, SILHOUETTE CITY prefigures the so-called “alt right” forces that rallied around Trump as their emboldening metropole. This is essential viewing for anyone interested in democratic politics, fascism, religion, racism and American history.