Following the 7:15pm showtime on Tuesday, November 27, Film Streams will host a post-show discussion, moderated by Ben Gray, about the documentary and race relations in Omaha. Tickets available below.
In 1965, a year after the federal Civil Rights Act became law, Bill Jersey and Barbara Connell came to Omaha, commissioned by the film division of the national Lutheran church to make a documentary about the all-white Augustana Lutheran Church. Ernie Chambers appears prominently, younger, darker-haired, but otherwise pretty much unchanged. The year after the documentary was filmed Omaha experienced its race riots, and that fall A Time for Burning was broadcast on national public television. It is an amazing, moving film to watch today; I don’t quite understand why I didn’t see it 41 years ago. (Kurt Andersen)
Academy Award Nominee: Best Documentary