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The Overnighters

  • USA / 2014 / 100min / DVD / Colour
  • Original Title : The Overnighters
  • Language : English
  • Genre : Documentary
  • Director : Jesse Moss
  • Screenwriter : Jesse Moss
  • Cinematographer : Jesse Moss
  • Editor : Jeff Seymann Gilbert
  • Cast : Jay Reinke

Synopsis

In the tiny town of Williston, North Dakota, tens of thousands of unemployed hopefuls show up with dreams of honest work and a big paycheque when hydraulic fracturing in that region unlocks a vast oil field in the nearby Bakken shale. Upon arrival, however, busloads of newcomers step into the sad reality of slim work prospects and nowhere to sleep – the town lacks the infrastructure to house even those who do find gainful employment. Over at Concordia Lutheran Church, Pastor Jay Reinke sets out to give the migrants some dignity and turns his church into a makeshift dorm and counselling centre. But as the migrants grow, so do the problems with the locals.

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