The Overnighters

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PBS Premiere: June 29, 2015Check local listings »

Synopsis

Chasing the American dream, thousands of workers flock to a North Dakota town where the oil business is booming. But instead of well-paying jobs, many find slim work prospects and a severe housing shortage. Pastor Jay Reinke converts his church into a makeshift dorm and counseling center, allowing hundreds of men, some with checkered pasts, to stay despite the congregation's objections and neighbors' fears. When opposition to the "overnighters" reaches a boiling point, Pastor Jay makes a decision with shattering consequences. A modern-day Grapes of Wrath, The Overnighters tells an electrifying story about the promise of redemption and the limits of compassion. Winner, Special Jury Award for Intuitive Filmmaking: Documentary, 2014 Sundance Film Festival.

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Watch Video for The Overnighters
Jesse Moss
Filmmaker Interviews
An Update from Jay Reinke
Additional Video
Sleep at the Church
Classroom Clips
Life at Church
Classroom Clips
The Problem
Classroom Clips
Church Members Object
Classroom Clips