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Discount Cheap Sale Price Movies TV => Docurama => African American Heritage Editorial Reviews Product Description THIS CAPTURES AN ALL-WHITE LUTHERAN CHURCH IN OMAHA, NEBRASKA AS THEIR EARNEST PASTOR TRIES TO GET THE CONGREGATION TO REACH OUT TO THEIR FELLOW BLACK LUTHERANS ONLY TO FIND A WELL OF RESISTANCE AMONG HIS FLOCK. THIS RELIVES THE ANGUISH OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT THROUGH THE WORDS amp; ACTIONS OF REAL PEOPLE Amazon.com An extremely passionate and moving documentary, William C. Jersey's A Time for Burning"span" explores the civil rights issue from one of the least likely of vantage points--a white, middle-class congregation in Nebraska--and reveals some of the more powerful observations about race and equality to come out of the '60s. Jersey's focal point is the Reverend L. William Youngdahl, who attempts to inspire his parishioners--all white and Lutheran--to reach out and make a connection with black Lutherans in the state. Youngdahl quickly finds himself at the center of a conflict that mirrors the nationwide struggle, with representatives from the church, community, and protest movements speaking for and against his desire to unite those of a common faith. Rejected by all three networks, Burning's unflinching exploration of the state of race relations in the United States and the human heart earned it an Academy Award nomination in 1968, and a place on the National Film Registry in 2005. The DVD includes commentary by and a biography on Jersey, as well as an update on activist Ernie Chambers, who is featured in the film. -- Paul Gaita"span" Special message from Bill Jersey, producer and director of A Time for Burning"span": “With our new (and beautiful) Black presidential family we are tempted to say - the Battle for Black Civil rights has been won. I believe with our President "Old hatreds cannot last" BUT-- as we explored in A Time for Burning-(1965) nothing is as simple as it may seem. In this (my) film about Black /white relations one Church member reminds us (to prove there is no racism in his school) that--"I had a negro in my locker room”. "Burning" has no fire hoses -no teeth baring dogs- and no policeman with truncheons --just one angry Black barber and nice-really nice -white folks saying "we want them to have everything we have- we just can't sit next to them" (in church ). Ultimately- the Churches white minister is forced to resign. When I showed the film at NYU last fall- once again as it has for 43 years the film provoked the response that earned it an Oscar nomination and installation in the permanent Archive of the library of congress: "great story- still relevant”. In my view Burning retains its power because it prompts reflection - and reminds us -- that racism is not the province of mad men or extremists alone- it exists in all of us AND- to see it- is the first step in liberation from it. The time for change IS now- and BUT we, Obama reminds us, must work together to make it real!! So-Thank you Docurama for making Burning available and thanks to you who will extend its reach."  A Time for Burning 20 Pack Microfiber Eye Glasses Lens Cleaning Cloth, Lint Free Ey To my knowledge, there is no documentary like this one. Someone had the prescience to recognize this is important enough to record. The black minister represented here is the father of one of our parishioners and he was so understated about this experience that it was years after we met that we discovered this story, which is spellbinding from front to back.This is the story of two churches, one black and the other white, in Omaha. The white pastor presents the idea that they should know one another.A Time for Burning is a film that grabs your attention immediately, both mind and heart. This 1966 documentary shot by the Lutheran Film Associates examines the efforts of Rev. Bill Youngdahl to rally his all-white congregation to have ten families meet with ten families from an all-black congregation in their mutual city, Omaha, Nebraska. What starts as what Youngdahl calls, "Just a little thing" soon blows up into conversations political, economic, personal, ethical, and theological.Youngdahl is a wonder to witness as he never loses his cool during his uphill battle with his congregation. His calm demeanor is matched in word and wisdom by 30-year-old black neighborhood barber, Ernie Chambers, who gives Youngdahl the foreboding warning, "If you try to do something, you'll get kicked out of your church" in the first six minutes of the film. In the following scenes, several white men ask Youngdahl why the church must "be so revolutionary" with such a controversial issue, that it's taking "a gamble," that this potential ministry could split the church wide open and could destroy "What we've built up here." It leaves the viewer wondering, exactly what has the church built up here in terms of radical, Christ-like hospitality? The question of ethics and deferring responsibility rises every other minute throughout the film.The hidden main protagonist is layperson Ray Christiansen, whose heart is caught in a tug-of-war, sometimes hesitant and sometimes embracing of Youngdahl's idea. Christiansen's personal journey is powerful to witness as he listens to men say the same hesitant things he had said only a few days before, as he listens to Chambers ask him honest questions, and as he speaks with his wife about the importance of the situation: "We've got our foot raised to take this first step... and we haven't got the guts!"For someone like me, who didn't live through the 1960s in the US, the fear in these white persons over such a notion must be experienced to be believed. It is at once a reminder of how far we've come and how far we have yet to go in this journey of reconciliation. It also invokes other issues facing the church and other institutions in similar ways today. To this, Rev. Youngdahl asks an imp0rtant question for the church to consider today: "Where does the element of the prophetic come into our ministry?"Shot in cinéma véritée or "fly on the wall" documentary style, this 55-minute film produced by Bill Jersey has editing that keeps the story engaging and is able to display stunning truth from all persons involved. In fact, the film opens with a title card reading, "This film is dedicated to the people of Omaha, NE, who openly shared their doubts and fears." Truly, persons' emotions are honest and starkly presented here, warts and all. A Time For Burning was nominated for Best Documentary Feature in the 1967 Academy Awards. Too controversial for the three major networks, they all passed on airing it, leaving it to PBS to run it in the midst of its historical context of the late 1960s.The DVD presents the grainy, black-and-white film as well as it can. The image is clear and sound is well captured throughout the film, save a second here and there when the boom mic was being moved to another speaker. The commentary track features several voices including Jersey, Youngdahl, Christiansen, and Chambers and it lends engaging insight into how these men took in the events they lived and witnessed. There's a brief biography and statement from Jersey, as well as some information on Lutheran Film Associates, still up and running at lutheranfilms.org. A twenty-minute conversation with Ernie Chambers provides the young barber an uninterrupted pulpit several decades later and it's from this piece that the best parts are culled together for the audio commentary. I found the original song for the film written by Tom Paxton, arranged by B.G. Kornfeld, and sung by Ronnie Gilbert to be uplifting and I wish there was more information so I could find a copy to purchase.A surprise gem of a special feature comes in the form of trailers, something I don't usually think of as a worthwhile special feature. Yet Docurama Films has included a solid list of information about 111 films in their catalog and a selection of eight trailers (none for A Time for Burning, sadly). The most fascinating trailer, to me, is a "commentary track" trailer of the oft-parodied Bob Dylan's "Don't Look Back." That trailer tells exactly how and why Dylan made the now-famous lyric-highlighting signs and explores why it's such an iconic image of American rock and roll.I first experienced this film a month ago in an educated-related seminary course and have since experienced it with family and in a group discussion setting with teenagers in a church. It's definitely an attention-grabber and students had plenty of quotes to write down which struck them to ask about or discuss. There is also a free discussion guide available online with good questions and a list of civil rights events to give the film greater historical context which can serve as a starting point for discussion ([...]). Empathy for all persons in the documentary will be key to a group viewing and discussion. For as Ray Christiansen interprets himself, "I am just such an infant that I know nothing other than the urgency."Thanks for reading.- thelifemosaic I bought this documentary/movie because I live in the great state of Nebraska and I see State Senator Ernie Chambers on television alot of time expressing his points of views. As we all know many news agencies are bias amp; only report part of the story. I wanted to watch amp; listen as he expressed his opinions and too see if he waivered though out the years.This is a good documentary and though I don't agree with his opinions all the time, he does make a lot of valid points. His opinions have not changed thoughout the years but time has not healed all wounds in Omaha. Omaha leadership has not done enough to help North Omaha. Just for the record, I'm white living in South Omaha.This documentary paints an unflattering picture of my home town, Omaha, Nebraska in the mid 1960's. The story is about a minister in a Lutheran church in a neighborhood that is changing from white to black. He wants members of his congration to reach out to families of a black Lutheran church by socializing informally with them. The "leaders" of the white church cannot stomach it but alibi their cowardice by saying that step is "too much too fast". Ernie Chambers, a spokesman for the black community in Omaha then and now is a calm voice of reason,as it turns out, telling the minister the truth about what he is attempting, pointing out that his own will turn own him. They do and he resigns. At the time Chambers was perceived as a "wild eyed radical" whose demands for equality were also considered to be too much too soon. In retrospect it is clear that he was villified by the traditional Omaha media for his desire for humane treatment for his race. No network would run this documentary because it was considered too inflamatory. It shows me how much things have changed and how small minded some in my former home can be Having lived through this time, I was born and raised in Omaha, I now understand why I think the way I do. Ernie Chambers and Dan Goodwin were, and still are, my barbers. The conversations that went on in the barbershop were not staged, these are the type of exchanges that go on in 'Spencer Street Barber Shop' to this day. This is where I earned my degree in 'Common Sense' Thank God, I am now equipped to deal with the unfortunate reality that is America. I wish I could say Omaha was unique, but it was not...this type of thinking goes on everywhere I have lived, now it's just a bit more covert, both black and white. While I applaud Min. Youngdahl's effort, I was not surprised that he 'resigned'. We all need to step away from our comfort zone...this documentary is our 'Picture of Dorian Gray'.This documentary is masterful in its presentation. It gives a glimpse into what is wrong at the heart of the Church. This characters in the film identified a problem and thought of solutions with the typical human response to change, "No, thank you". It is ashamed that while we have come far, it is still evident that we have far too go to view each other as someone creatd in the image of God.While this movie deals with a specific situation in a specific time and place, the essence of the movie is overriding and relevent to a present culture on issues of respect, human dignity and the gospel.The reason I gave it a four is I felt the documentary's ending was poorly executed. It a condensed down to only minutes after long discussions. Insight into the decision making process, more interviews after the pastor left of the church and himself would have been a tremendous asset. Wholesale Online Outlet Store 20 Pack Microfiber Eye Glasses Lens Cleaning Cloth, Lint Free Ey Max 54% OFF we sre creates inspiring ecommerce experiences for our buyers, sellers and developers.

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