Professors Charlyne Berens and Trina Creighton have been asked to host the free viewing of the Academy-nominated documentary "A Time For Burning," Friday, October 17, from 1-3 p.m. The film will be shown in the lecture hall, room 15. It is open to the public so feel free to invite students, relatives and friends. This documentary is the talk of Omaha. Professor Tim Anderson saw it and said it is a "must see,' and an amazing documentary.
The documentary's director Bill Jersey, along with movie participants, will be available for questions. Efforts are underway to bring one of its stars, Nebraska State Sen. Ernie Chambers, to our college.
Filmed in 1966, "A Time For Burning" recounts the racial tensions in Omaha, tension that the director says "rocked the nation."
A contender for Best Documentary in 1966, the film since has been added to the prestigious National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. It was released two years ago on DVD.
The film premiered in Omaha in September 1966 before appearing nationally on public television in October. All three major TV networks, calling it too controversial, rejected the film. Three states - Georgia, Alabama and Texas - prohibited airing the film.