Synopsis

When a museum celebrating the Ku Klux Klan opens in a small South Carolina town, the idealistic Reverend Kennedy resolves to do everything in his power to prevent racial tensions from boiling over. But the members of Kennedy's congregation are shocked to discover that his plan includes sheltering Mike Burden, a Klansman whose relationships with both a single-mother and a high-school friend force him to re-examine his long-held beliefs. After Kennedy helps Mike leave behind his violent past, the Baptist preacher finds himself on a collision course with manipulative KKK leader Tom Griffin. In the face of grave threats to himself and his family, the resolute Kennedy bravely pursues a path toward peace, setting aside his own misgivings in the hopes of healing his wounded community.

Director

Andrew Heckler

Cast

Garrett Hedlund
as Mike Burden
Forest Whitaker
as Reverend Kennedy
Tom Wilkinson
as Tom Griffin
Usher
as Clarence Brooks

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by dhubin 10 /10

Remarkable Story, Excellently Recounted

This is a remarkable story of a man's redemption and those who made it possible through courage and love. There are elements, including the name of the central character and an ironic twist that would seem like artifacts of a writer's mind, but they were not--real people, the events that happened to them, and how they chose to respond to those events, provided a story that called out to be told. Writer/director Andrew Heckler does an amazing job telling the story and the cast is terrific.

Reviewed by gbower-63363 10 /10

Love and Hate-- such a timely picture

I saw Burden at Sundance, and was captured with how poignant this film is. The tale is an incredible story--and has really effected me on many levels. Even though the story is 20 years old--the lesson is very timeless.

Reviewed by jaimeperkins 10 /10

Riveting and emotionally draining!

I just finished watching this film at the Traverse City Film Festival, I absolutely cannot rave enough about this film! the cinematography, the acting, the dialogue, everything is absolutely spot on! It is so intense that you, as the viewer, can feel the struggle that Mike Burden is going through and it just captures you and sucks you right in. especially if you know anything about the backstory on it and what really happened. To be honest this film emotionally drained me, I am literally exhausted from watching it. I would even have to go as far as to giving it 6 out of 5 stars, this is one of those do not miss movies!!!!

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