Anti-Antifa Movie to Premiere at U.C. Berkeley Amid Tight Security
'America Under Siege: Antifa' will be shown for the first time at the event where Milo Yiannopoulos and other conservatives intend on gathering for four days.
Antifa, loosely organized left-wing protesters whose name is derived from the anti-fascist movement, are the subject of a documentary film that is none too kind to them.
The movie, America Under Siege: Antifa, will debut at U.C. Berkeley next week when Milo Yiannopoulos and a dozen or so more prominent conservatives are scheduled to be on hand for what they call "Free Speech Week."
Antifa, in fact, is expected to be there protesting, as they were when Yiannopoulos attempted to speak at the campus in February. He was prevented from doing so when protesters threw Molotov cocktails and rocks at cops and storefront windows, causing an estimated $100,000 in damage.
For "Free Speech Week," set to run Sunday through Wednesday next week, about $1 million will be spent for security, including about $600,000 from the university, with the U.C. System kicking in about $300,000 more and Yiannopoulos spending some of his own cash. There will be security on hand for the speakers, as well as for the America Under Siege: Antifa filmmakers and the audience for the premiere.
While it's possible the primary headliners, Steve Bannon and Ann Coulter, won't show, others who have been invited and are expected to be there include David Horowitz, Monica Crowley, Pamela Geller and Mike Cernovich.
That is, if the event is allowed to proceed, as Yiannopoulos has claimed he and the group hosting him, Berkeley Patriot, have been getting the runaround from university brass. A spokesman for Berkeley told The Hollywood Reporter the conservative group has been dragging its feet on meeting deadlines for payments and paperwork.
Some outlets are reporting, in fact, that the event will be officially canceled on Saturday. Yiannopoulos, Bannon and Coulter did not respond to requests for comment.
As for America Under Siege: Antifa, it hails from Dangerous Documentaries, which is the media arm of the Capital Research Center, a conservative, investigative think tank. Dangerous Documentaries is also co-financing No Safe Spaces, a documentary about political correctness at universities that stars comedian Adam Carolla and radio host Dennis Prager.
America Under Siege: Antifa stars New Zealand author and political activist Trevor Loudon and features Yiannopoulos and several other conservatives the mainstream media consider controversial.
"The dangerous stuff is the media is asking whether it is OK to punch a Nazi at the same time they're branding everyone Nazis," Yiannopoulos says in the film.
"Our new film represents the most in-depth look yet at Amerca's most infamous modern-day movement and its disturbing impact on American society," said Jake Klein, the film's producer.
The movie won't be getting a theatrical release, as it will be distributed online after it debuts at Free Speech Week. If the event is indeed canceled, the film will go straight online and its Berkeley premiere will be ditched.
Watch the trailer below.