Exit – Leaving Extremism Behind (2018)

What is the wake up call that can make violent extremists change? In Exit – Leaving Extremism Behind, we meet Angela from the US and Ingo and Manuel from Germany, all former right-wing extremists who made the leap to leave their movement. They are now forced to live isolated lives in hiding due to their dangerous pasts. The other side of the spectrum is explored as former violent left wing extremist Søren shares the story of his life. Director Karen Winther also travels to France to meet French former jihadists. David was active in the Armed Islamic Group and has served 6 years in prison for terrorist activities.

Reflecting on her very own extremist past and the stories of the people she meets along her travels, Winther walks us through how she arrived at her own “wake-up call” and the extraordinary journey that followed. We are invited to join Winther on a radical discovery and gain an insight into what it really takes for a person to break out of their life as they know it […].

”On a personal level I would like to stop feeling ashamed and embarrassed that I was part of the far right movement when I was a teenager. I hope I can also make it less difficult for other former extremists to acknowledge their past and speak out,” Winther says.

Production notes

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  • Language: English, Norwegian, French, German, Danish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Distribution: Norwegian Film Institute
  • Cinematography: Peter Ask
  • Editing: Robert Stengård