The Overnighters | 2014
In the tiny town of Williston, North Dakota, tens of thousands of unemployed hopefuls show up, lured by the oil boom, with dreams of honest work and a big paycheck but find slim work prospects and nowhere to sleep instead. At Concordia Lutheran Church, Pastor Jay Reinke is driven to deliver the migrants some dignity, converting his church into a makeshift dorm and counseling center. They sleep on the floor, in the pews and in their cars in the church parking lot. Many are living on society's fringes and with checkered pasts, and their presence starts affecting the dynamics of the small community. The congregants begin slinging criticism and the City Council threatens to shut the controversial Overnighters program down, forcing the pastor to make a decision that leads to profound consequences that he never imagined.