×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Netflix Acquires Documentaries on White Supremacy and Radical Islam for U.S., U.K. (EXCLUSIVE)

Netflix has picked up a pair of documentaries from Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Deeyah Khan that look at the world of the far-right in the U.S. and, separately, Islamic extremism in the U.K. and Europe. “White Right: Meeting the Enemy” and “Jihad: A Story of the Others” launched Monday on the streaming service in the U.K. and the U.S.

In “White Right: Meeting the Enemy,” filmmaker Khan, who is a Norwegian-British Muslim of Punjabi and Pashtun descent, sits face to face with U.S. far-right and alt-right activists and personalities, including U.S. neo-Nazi leader Jeff Schoep. Khan and her crew found themselves in the midst of the Charlottesville riots while making the documentary, which was first shown on ITV in the U.K. last December.

BAFTA-nominated “Jihad: A Story of the Others” also bowed on ITV in 2017 (with the title “Jihad: A British Story”). In the film, Khan examines the history of young people in Europe joining extremist Islamic groups. She spent two years with leading figures in the British jihadi movement from previous generations and also talks to young British Muslims battling feelings of alienation and dealing with discrimination.

“I am so glad…our films will be able to be seen in the U.S.,” Khan told Variety. “‘White Right’ has an important message about far-right radicalization which cuts through a lot of stereotypes on both sides. It couldn’t be more important in the current political climate, with identity-led politics on the rise across America and Europe.”

Khan added that there is a through-line connecting both documentaries. “I’m also glad that ‘Jihad’ will also be available, too, since there’s a fascinating similarity between the backgrounds, experiences and beliefs of extremists on both sides.”

Khan won an Emmy and a Peabody Award for her 2012 film “Banaz: A Love Story,” telling the story of Banaz Mahmood, a young British Kurdish woman who was the victim of an honor-killing.

Khan’s Fuuse Films produced and distributes “White Right: Meeting the Enemy” and “Jihad: A Story of the Others.” The company specializes in projects with women, minorities, and kids raised in cultures different from those of their parents.

More TV

  • Mark-Paul GosselaarFOX 'The Passage' TV show

    'Mixed-ish' at ABC Adds Mark-Paul Gosselaar in Recasting

    Mark-Paul Gosselaar has boarded the upcoming ABC comedy “Mixed-ish.” “Mixed-ish,” a spinoff of “Black-ish,” focuses on the experience of Tracee Ellis Ross’s character, Rainbow Johnson, growing up in a mixed-race family in the ‘80s. Gosselaar will play the role of Bow’s father, taking over from Anders Holm, who played the role in the original pilot. [...]

  • Greg Berlanti

    Greg Berlanti on Why Movies Are Lagging Behind TV in LGBTQ Representation

    Greg Berlanti is television’s most prolific producer. With a record-breaking 18 series from his production company greenlit for the 2019-2020 season, the openly gay Berlanti is using his power to ensure the LGBTQ community is reflected on the small screen — both in front of and behind the camera. From casting the first transgender superhero [...]

  • Legion

    How Production Designer Marco Niro Created a Visual Climax for FX's ‘Legion’

    FX’s “Legion” has always drawn inspiration not only from the Marvel “X-Men” comics on which it is based, but also from the weirder corners of pop culture. When creator Noah Hawley cast “Downton Abbey” star Dan Stevens as the lead — David Haller, a mutant whose telepathic powers have been misdiagnosed as mental illness — [...]

  • DEAR WHITE PEOPLE

    TV News Roundup: Netflix Sets 'Dear White People' Season 3 Premiere Date

    In today’s TV roundup, “Dear White People” sets an August 2 premiere and Showtime acquires the six-episode comedy series “Back to Life.” DATES “Dear White People” will return for its third season on August 2. The news was announced in a comedic sketch posted to Netflix‘s Youtube channel, in which the series’ cast members debate [...]

  • Adam Lambert Queen

    Adam Lambert on What's Changed for Gay Artists Since His 'American Idol' Run

    Ten years ago, Adam Lambert burst onto the music scene in a blaze of guy-liner, hairspray and sexual ambiguity as America’s most unlikely “Idol.” But while he had the rock star look down and a soaring voice that seduced the hard-to-impress Simon Cowell, Lambert lost. Or did he? While many blamed homophobia for his runner-up [...]

  • Loudest Voice Roger Ailes Miniseries

    Will Showtime's Roger Ailes Miniseries 'The Loudest Voice' Spark More Tell-Alls?

    Roger Ailes in 1996 supervised the launch of a multibillion-dollar business few people thought would ever get off the ground. In 2019 he may have a posthumous hand in instigating something equally complex: a ripped-from-the-headlines drama about the media industry, complete with portrayals of people who still help make it run. If that foray is successful, plenty of [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content