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DOC019: The Overnighters

  • The Park Tavern 158 Park Ln Macclesfield SK11 6UB (map)

Described as a modern-day Grapes of Wrath, Jesse Moss's award-winning documentary The Overnighters engages and dramatises a set of universal societal themes: the promise and limits of re-invention, redemption and compassion, as well as the tension between the moral imperative to "love thy neighbour" and the resistance that one small community feels when confronted by a surge of desperate, job-seeking strangers. In the tiny town of Williston, North Dakota, tens of thousands of unemployed hopefuls show up with dreams of honest work and a big paycheck under the lure of the oil boom. However, busloads of newcomers chasing a broken American Dream step into the stark reality of slim work prospects and nowhere to sleep.

Certificate: Exempt.

Tickets, for which there is no charge, are available from the bar in the hour prior to the film. There will be an interval approximately half-way through.

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