The Dust Bowl | reviewed by: Lee Weber | November 26, 2012
entertainment value
Another top-tier doc from Ken Burns. The story of dust storms that killed many in the Great Plains in the 30s. insightful and entertaining.
genre Documentary | History
synopsis The Dust Bowl chronicles the worst man-made ecological disaster in American history, when a frenzied wheat boom on the southern Plains, followed by a decade-long drought during the 1930s, nearly swept away the breadbasket of the nation. Menacing black blizzards killed farmers’ crops and livestock, threatened the lives of their children, and forced thousands of desperate families to pick up and move somewhere else. Vivid interviews with more than two dozen survivors of those hard times, combined with dramatic photographs and seldom seen movie footage, bring to life stories of incredible human suffering and equally incredible human perseverance. The Dust Bowl, a four-hour, two-episode documentary from acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns, is also a morality tale about our relationship to the land that sustains us—a lesson we ignore at our peril.
lead actors Patricia Clarkson | Peter Coyote | Carolyn McCormick
director Ken Burns