A documentary about the 1930s drought of North American prairie farm land, and its consequences during the great depression.
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Dorothy Williamson Dorothy Williamson ...  Herself - Resident of Prowers County, CO 4 episodes, 2012
Donald Worster Donald Worster ...  Himself - Historian 4 episodes, 2012
Timothy Egan ...  Himself - Writer 4 episodes, 2012
Calvin Crabill Calvin Crabill ...  Himself - Resident of Prowers County, CO 4 episodes, 2012
Pamela Riney-Kehrberg Pamela Riney-Kehrberg ...  Herself - Historian 4 episodes, 2012
Imogene Glover Imogene Glover ...  Herself - Resident of Texas County, OK 4 episodes, 2012
Wayne Lewis Wayne Lewis ...  Himself - Resident of Beaver County, OK 4 episodes, 2012
Robert McCoy Robert McCoy ...  Himself - Resident of Texas County, OK 4 episodes, 2012
Charles Shaw Charles Shaw ...  Himself - Resident of Cimarron County, OK 4 episodes, 2012
R. Douglas Hurt R. Douglas Hurt ...  Himself - Historian 4 episodes, 2012
Pauline Hodges Pauline Hodges ...  Herself - Resident of Beaver County, OK 4 episodes, 2012
Clarence Beck Clarence Beck ...  Himself - Residen of Cimarron County, OK / ... 4 episodes, 2012
William Forester William Forester ...  Himself - Son of Harry Forester 4 episodes, 2012
Dorothy Kleffman Dorothy Kleffman ...  Herself - Resident of Texas County, OK 4 episodes, 2012
Pauline Durrett Robertson Pauline Durrett Robertson ...  Herself - Resident of Potter County, TX 4 episodes, 2012
Trixie Travis Brown Trixie Travis Brown ...  Herself - Lipscomb County, TX / ... 4 episodes, 2012
Robert Forester Robert Forester ...  Himself - Son of Harry Forester 4 episodes, 2012
Shirley Forester McKenzie Shirley Forester McKenzie ...  Herself - Resident of Texas County, OK / ... 4 episodes, 2012
Lorene White Lorene White ...  Herself - Resident of Stanton County, KS 4 episodes, 2012
Sam Arguello Sam Arguello ...  Himself - Resident of Union County, NM 4 episodes, 2012
Carolyn McCormick ...  Caroline Henderson 4 episodes, 2012
Peter Coyote ...  Himself - Narrator 4 episodes, 2012
Don Wells Don Wells ...  Himself - Resident of Cimarron County, OK 4 episodes, 2012
Floyd Coen Floyd Coen ...  Himself - Resident of Morton County, KS 4 episodes, 2012
Pauline Robertson Pauline Robertson ...  Herself - Resident of Union County, NM 4 episodes, 2012
Kristy Patterson Kristy Patterson ...  Thanks 4 episodes, 2012
Dale Coen Dale Coen ...  Himself - Resident of Morton County, KS 3 episodes, 2012
Irene Beck Hauer Irene Beck Hauer ...  Herself - Resident of Cimarron County, CO 3 episodes, 2012
Louise Forester Briggs Louise Forester Briggs ...  Herself - Resident of Texas County, OK 3 episodes, 2012
Ina K. Labrier Ina K. Labrier ...  Herself - Resident of Prowers County, CO 3 episodes, 2012
Millard Fowler Millard Fowler ...  Himself - Resident of Cimarron County, OK 3 episodes, 2012
Amy Madigan ...  Sanora Babb 3 episodes, 2012
Patricia Clarkson ...  Hazel Lucas Shaw 3 episodes, 2012
Kevin Conway Kevin Conway ...  Ernie Pyle 3 episodes, 2012
Virginia Frantz Virginia Frantz ...  Herself - Resident of Beaver County, OK 2 episodes, 2012
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A documentary about the 1930s drought of North American prairie farm land, and its consequences during the great depression.

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18 November 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Dust Bowl See more »

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Florentine Films, WETA See more »
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Extracts from the interviews in this documentary were used by Christopher Nolan in Interstellar when depicting the dust storms on Earth. See more »

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Featured in Interstellar (2014) See more »

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Northwest Territory
Written and Performed by Paul A. (Tony) Ellis
From Quaker Girl
Published by Merrywang Music, ASCAP
Courtesy of County Records
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Ken Burns does it again.
19 November 2012 | by TheHighVoltageMessiahSee all my reviews

Once again, Ken Burns has crafted an excellent, informative documentary. This one is about the Dust Bowl. Interviews, photographs, diary entries and footage are used to paint a picture of the time and place, a time when monstrous behemoths of dust could literally blot out the sun.

Most effective are the interviews. Men and women who were children when dust storms swept the plains tell stories of their experiences. Some of these are very emotional. For example, two brothers choke up at the memory of their sister who died of 'dust pneumonia' when still a young girl. The anguish in their voices is simply heartbreaking. Another man recalls how he became separated from his parents when a dust storm hit and for a while they had no idea if he was dead or alive. All of these stories give one a full appreciation of the devastation wreaked by the event and make it painfully personal and human.

"The Dust Bowl" is a powerful story of human suffering and human endurance. Watching it, I was moved by the plight of people who struggled on against hope in an effort to retain their dignity or survive. It was very educational. I highly recommend seeing it.

(Oh, and to the previous reviewer: Much of this documentary is told through the words of people who actually lived through the Dust Bowl. Quite a bit of the film simply allows these people to speak for themselves without any quick cutting, signs of manipulation, or propagandistic techniques. I saw no signs of any 'agenda' on the part of Burns here.)


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