“Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.” ― Albert Einstein

Jesse Moss’s documentary The Overnighters is a heart-wrencher about the clash between economics and ethics.

Its story sounds like the sort of dry news blurb you’d skim over in the Sunday paper but unfolds into an epic tragedy. To the locals, Williston is under attack from the hordes who have flooded their once-quiet town.

(“These people come and then they rape, pillage, and burn, and then they leave,” spits one woman.)

To the invaders, Williston is the end of the line, the last domino to tip over in the chain of disasters that began when the recession wreaked blue-collar havoc, cost folks their homes, and forced these men to fend for their families by striking out for North Dakota alone.


Jesus was all right, but his disciples were thick and ordinary. It’s them twisting it that ruins it for me.”
John Lennon



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