Burden: A Preacher, a Klansman and a True Story of Redemption in the Modern Sout
A harrowing true story of the modern Ku Klux Klan and an act of grace that shook a community in the Deep South. The true events that inspired the film, with a foreword by writer/director Andrew Heckler. In 1996, the town of Laurens, South Carolina, was thrust into the international spotlight when a white supremacist named Michael Burden opened a museum celebrating the Ku Klux Klan on the community's main square. Journalists and protestors flooded the town and hate groups rallied to the establishment's defence, dredging up the long history of racial violence in this formerly prosperous mill town. Shortly after his museum opened, Michael Burden abruptly left the Klan at the urging of a woman he fell in love with. Broke and homeless, he was taken in by Reverend David Kennedy, an African American preacher and leader in the Laurens community, who plunged his church headlong into a quest to save their former enemy.