Movie Review: The White World According to Daliborek

'Documentary play' shows the life of the real Czech neo-Nazi and his friends

The White World According to Daliborek
(Svět podle Daliborka)
Directed by Vít Klusák

A new documentary on the topic of neo-Nazism debuted at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival this year and is now in theaters.

The White World According to Daliborek (Svět podle Daliborka) is the latest film from Vít Klusák, who worked on Czech Dream (Český sen), the Czech Journal series (Ceský zurnál) and Czech Peace (Český mír). His latest effort presents the personal life of a Czech neo-Nazi.

In his latest film, viewers are introduced to the world of Daliborek, neo-Nazi from the Czech city Prostějov. Dalibor, almost 40 years old, lives with his mother Věra in the small flat, works as a painter and makes short horror movies that he uploads to the Internet. In his spare time he posts his selfies and records angry sexist and racist songs.

Dalibor has neo-Nazi flags on the walls of his room and considers himself a radical neo-Nazi. He hates refugees, homosexuals, his job, his life and everything that surrounds him.

Dalibor's mother, after spending all her time on social networks, meets her new partner, Vladimír. He openly hates Roma and discusses his views with Dalibor. Vladimír takes Dalibor to go shooting and they talks a lot about their views. At the same time, Dalibor, who has never been in a serious relationship, finds a girlfriend, Jana. Viewers then have an insight to the lives of these four.

The movie provokes conflicting emotions. It is filled with irony and humor, but at the same time, there are some dramatic and controversial moments.

The end of the film is perhaps the most controversial part. The filmmakers decided to take four characters to the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland to make Dalibor see the memorial and face all the horrors of the Holocaust.

During a guided tour, Dalibor tries to cast doubt on a survivor's story. He tells a woman who survived the Holocaust that it is all just a conspiracy theory. After that, the director of the movie, who had been staying silent behind the camera, intervenes in the scene and shames the main character for such an impudence.

The White World According to Daliborek walks a fine line. It seems to be uncritical of the subject, but also has an edge of irony.

Klusák discovered Dalibor on YouTube, at first thinking that his videos were a parody of neo-Nazism. However, after realizing that Dalibor was a real person, the filmmaker decided to find him. Then, he followed the main protagonist and people around him for two years.

The movie has brought a lot of questions. After the release, many people started questioning the origins of the movie, and started doubting it is a true documentary — asking what was scripted and what was not.

Klusák calls the movie a “documentary play,” not a documentary, and states that the main aim is to show the roots of intolerance, racism and hatred through insight into the Dalibor's life.

Despite the discussions about the origin of the movie, it is still thought-provoking.

Laugh or cry? Believe it or not? Only by watching this tragicomic presentation of Czech neo-Nazism and taking a glimpse into Daliborek's life will help you decide.

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