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Burden (2018 film)

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Film poster
Directed byAndrew Heckler
Written byAndrew Heckler
Produced by
CinematographyJeremy Rouse
Edited byJulie Monroe
Saar Klein
Music byDickon Hinchliffe
Bill Kenwright Films
The Fyzz Facility
Unburdened Entertainment
Distributed by101 Studios
Release dates
  • January 21, 2018 (2018-01-21) (Sundance)
  • February 28, 2020 (2020-02-28) (United States)
Running time
119 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
Box office$450,189[2][3]

Burden is a 2018 American drama film, inspired by true events. The film was produced by Robbie Brenner and Bill Kenwright, and was written and directed by Andrew Heckler.[4] The film stars Garrett Hedlund, Forest Whitaker, Andrea Riseborough, Tom Wilkinson, Tess Harper, and Usher.[5] The film premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and won the U.S. Dramatic Audience Award.[6]


The film follows Mike Burden, an orphan raised within the Ku Klux Klan who attempts to break away when the woman he falls in love with urges him to leave for a better life together.[7] The Klan seeks Mike out for vengeance.[8] A black Baptist church congregation, led by Reverend Kennedy, agrees to protect Mike, his girlfriend and her son.[9]



Production of the film began October 20, 2016 and was set to wrap up on November 15, 2016.[10]

Critical response[edit]

Rotten Tomatoes reports a 50% approval rating based on 72 reviews, with an average score of 6.1/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Burden grapples clumsily with its undeniably worthy themes, but its honorable intentions — and strong performances — make it easy to forgive those flaws."[11] Metacritic gives the film a weighted average of 63/100 based on 6 critic reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[12]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "'18 Sundance Film Festival - U.S. Dramatic Films". www.sundance.org. Archived from the original on August 3, 2018. Retrieved December 29, 2017.
  2. ^ "Burden (2018)". The Numbers. Archived from the original on September 26, 2022. Retrieved March 20, 2020.
  3. ^ "Burden (2018)". Box Office Mojo. Archived from the original on June 7, 2020. Retrieved March 20, 2020.
  4. ^ Kit, Borys (January 29, 2015). "Relativity Specialty Division Ramps Up With Race Drama 'Burden' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on November 15, 2016. Retrieved November 14, 2016.
  5. ^ Lincoln, Ross A. (September 23, 2016). "Forest Whitaker, Garrett Hedlund & Tom Wilkinson Join Drama 'Burden'". Deadline. Archived from the original on November 13, 2021. Retrieved November 14, 2016.
  6. ^ "2018 Sundance Film Festival Awards Announced". Sundance Institute. January 27, 2018. Archived from the original on June 8, 2019. Retrieved February 2, 2018.
  7. ^ Klett, Leah MarieAnn (January 27, 2020). "True story of KKK member who converted to Christianity under ministry of black pastor hits big screen". The Christian Post. Archived from the original on February 2, 2020.
  8. ^ Nicholson, Amy (January 26, 2018). "Sundance Film Review: 'Burden'". Variety. Archived from the original on February 2, 2020. Retrieved April 16, 2023.
  9. ^ Collins, Jeffrey (January 29, 2020). "Black Preacher to Transform KKK Museum into Building of Love". Time. Archived from the original on January 29, 2020. Retrieved April 16, 2023.
  10. ^ Davis, Michael (October 26, 2016). "Filming continues on Jackson square". Jackson Progress-Argus. Archived from the original on February 26, 2020. Retrieved November 14, 2016.
  11. ^ "Burden (2018)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Archived from the original on January 14, 2020. Retrieved October 10, 2021.
  12. ^ "Burden (2020) Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on August 23, 2020. Retrieved February 16, 2020.

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