In EXIT, 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. In Denmark, we explore the other side of the spectrum when Søren shares the story of his life a former left-wing extremist. Director Karen Winther also meets Frenchman David, who was active in the Armed Islamic Group and who 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 her on a radical discovery and gain an insight into what is really takes for an person to break out of their life as they know it and leave their extreme movement behind.



Country of Production
Norway, Germany, Sweden

Year of Production


52 / 80 min

Karen Winther

Sant & Usant in co-production with Ma.ja.de. Filmproduktion, AMP Film, NDR, Al Jazeera Documentary and IKONdocs, in cooperation with ARTE, in association with NRK, SVT and YLE

Original Language
German, French, English, Danish, Norwegian


Festivals / Awards

cph:dox Copenhagen 2018
Nordic Docs Fredrikstad 2018
Oslo Pix 2018
Dokufest IDF Prizren 2018
Visioni Dal Mondo IDF Milano 2018
Nordisk Panorama Malmö 2018
Love & Anarchy IFF Helsinki 2018
United Nations IFF San Francisco 2018
Dok Leipzig 2018 (Goethe-Institut Documentary Film Prize // Young Eyes Film Award // Gedanken-Aufschluss Award)
DOC NYC 2018
Tempo IDF Stockholm 2019
One World HRFF Prague 2019
Movies That Matter HRFF Den Haag 2019