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Black Blizzard (2008)

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Black Blizzard brings to life the Dust Bowl that decimated the American Great Plains in the 1930's. We match modern science with special effects wizardry to reinvent the experience of ... See full summary »

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Black Blizzard brings to life the Dust Bowl that decimated the American Great Plains in the 1930's. We match modern science with special effects wizardry to reinvent the experience of living through blinding blizzards of dust, and we meet the survivors who refused to leave their land and lived to tell the tale. We also investigate the controversial history of the Great Plains - an area in the middle of the country, stretching from North Dakota to Texas - and reveal the reasons why the black blizzards ravaged the land. Written by Anonymous

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9 September 2008 (USA)  »

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Fantastic and Enlightening
9 January 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I had heard and known about the Dust Bowl since elementary school in history and literature. But I don't recall ever hearing about Black Blizzards. This documentary from The History Channel provides detailed information about the Dust Bowl years and the periodic events of Black Blizzards occurring. This was one of the best documentaries I have ever seen because it captured and held my attention when I had never before shown any interest of these events. A great job was done depicting how life was for the people who lived through the Dust Bowl with survivors commentary, scientific tests being performed on screen and commentary from historians and scientists. You will hear stories of how survivors hid during the storms and tried to protect their houses and livestock, how children had to go to school during the blizzards, about a teenage boy who got caught in a blizzard and went blind due to the dust in his eye. It really hit home how dangerous the situation got when you see these people hiding in their storm cellars which are usually used for tornado's. Then there were those who developed a form of "black lung" because of the dust they had been breathing in for years. Like a movie, "Black Blizzard" has a fantastic climax when on May 9th 1934 a Black Blizzard so huge and strong swept from the Dust Bowl to the Atlantic; showing the people on the East coast and Washington D.C what the people living in the Mid West had to live with all the time. I cried with the survivors as they spoke about their lost loved one's and the suffering of their families. When the rain finally comes and the disaster is over you just can't help but to take a big sigh of relief and smile that the suffering of the people is over. I was so engrossed in the story that I forgot that the people on screen were actors; and by the end of the 2hrs I felt that the Dust Bowl had just happened and had't been over for 8 decades. A job well done by all involved.

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