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A Time for Burning

Dir. Barbara Connell, Bill Jersey 58 min Not Rated

1967 Lutheran Film Associates

All available tickets for this free event are currently reserved. Returned tickets will be available the night of the event on a first-come first-serve basis. To be added to the wait list, you may sign up in person at the Ruth Sokolof Theater box office beginning at 6 pm on the evening of the event.

Please note: If you have already reserved tickets, you must claim or present them (for print-at-home tickets) by 6:45 pm on the night of the event to guarantee admission.

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Free, Collaborative Screening

Presented with the Omaha Community Council for Racial Justice and Reconciliation

With a brief introduction and post-film discussion facilitated by members of OCCRJR steering committee, Brenda Council and Vickie Young. Presented in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Film Information

A Time for Burning is the story of one pastor’s unsuccessful efforts to integrate Omaha’s Augustana Lutheran Church in 1966. The movie’s central figure is Bill Youngdahl, the socially conscious white clergyman driving the church’s reforms, but its most compelling may be a young Ernie Chambers, then as now a fiery and uncompromising voice for North Omaha. Barbara Connell and Bill Jersey’s searing postcard from the front lines of the civil rights movement aired nationally on television and was nominated for the Best Documentary Picture Academy Award. Though not explicitly presented as a microcosm of the tensions gripping the country at large, A Time for Burning remains an indelible document of a time when things seemed set to burst — indeed, just a few years later Omaha would be one of several cities rocked by riots sparked by ongoing injustice

Free ticketing made possible through the David Jacobson Memorial Fund.

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