Patrik Hermansson, a student from London, has spent 13 months infiltrating himself at the very top of the so-called “alt-right” movement as Erik. As part of the Human Rights Film Festival 2017 we screened the movie and talked to Patrik.
Patrik Hermansson, a student from London, has spent 13 months infiltrating himself at the very top of the so-called “alt-right” movement as Erik, a disappointed Swede who came to London inspired by Brexit and fleeing the liberal bias of Swedish universities. He has spent 13 months in the movement with strong anti-Semitism, obsessed with conspiracy theories, with arms around the world, online and offline. The Alt-right movement gained visibility after the election of Donald Trump for US President, and especially after the event in Charlottesville, but it is still unknown, frequent and undervalued force, whose one of the slogans is "We must ensure the existence of our people and the future for white children".
Patrik filmed people who want to deport Jews and Muslims, who are talking about killing the "left" opponents and he met with those who praised with direct links with Trump's administration. He spent time at alt-right private gatherings and talked in a private atmosphere with prominent people of the movement.
At the 15th Human Rights Film Festival we talked with Patrick about his experience in the alt-right, his view of the movement, its influence and the future as well as the position of women in the movement.
The conversation was held in the full Müller hall in the Cinema Europe.