A flock of unemployed men move to Williston, North Dakota when word gets out that there are jobs available in the oil fields. With nowhere to live, the men find overnight refuge at a local church, headed by Pastor Jay Reinke. The situation quickly becomes controversial: many people question why the men, some who are now making six-figure salaries, are allowed to stay at the church.

The Overnighters opens with Pastor Jay booming a reassuring “Holy, Holy, Holy,” waking up the sleeping men bundled in low cots. The documentary introduces a man who, from the moment the sun shines, invests his life into the well-being of others. However, the documentary attempts to answer the question that the neighbourhood demands an answer to: why is their beloved pastor housing dozens of supposedly “dangerous” men? Director Jesse Moss has created an intricate narrative that digs further into Pastor Jay’s character — an astounding feat that has already received praise from audiences.

Ultimately, the documentary shows how quickly skepticism forms in dark times. The Overnighters depicts how easily people turn away from a fellow human being out of fear, ignorance, and confusion. The Overnighters is a balancing act of depicting the truth versus emotion, portraying humans in a way that allows the audience to make up their own opinion of them.