The Overnighters


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PBS Premiere: June 29, 2015Check local listings »
Encore Broadcast: Jan. 1, 2018


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
An Update from Jay Reinke
Additional Video
Church Members Object
Classroom Clip
Jesse Moss
Filmmaker Interview
Life at Church
Classroom Clip
Sleep at the Church
Classroom Clip
The Problem
Classroom Clip