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 ...
 Herself - Resident of Prowers County, CO (4 episodes, 2012)
Donald Worster ...
 Himself - Historian (4 episodes, 2012)
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 Himself - Writer (4 episodes, 2012)
Calvin Crabill ...
 Himself - Resident of Prowers County, CO (4 episodes, 2012)
Pamela Riney-Kehrberg ...
 Herself - Historian (4 episodes, 2012)
Imogene Glover ...
 Herself - Resident of Texas County, OK (4 episodes, 2012)
Wayne Lewis ...
 Himself - Resident of Beaver County, OK (4 episodes, 2012)
Robert McCoy ...
 Himself - Resident of Texas County, OK (4 episodes, 2012)
Charles Shaw ...
 Himself - Resident of Cimarron County, OK (4 episodes, 2012)
R. Douglas Hurt ...
 Himself - Historian (4 episodes, 2012)
Pauline Hodges ...
 Herself - Resident of Beaver County, OK (4 episodes, 2012)
Clarence Beck ...
 Himself - Residen of Cimarron County, OK / ... (4 episodes, 2012)
William Forester ...
 Himself - Son of Harry Forester (4 episodes, 2012)
Dorothy Kleffman ...
 Herself - Resident of Texas County, OK (4 episodes, 2012)
Pauline Durrett Robertson ...
 Herself - Resident of Potter County, TX (4 episodes, 2012)
Trixie Travis Brown ...
 Herself - Lipscomb County, TX / ... (4 episodes, 2012)
Robert Forester ...
 Himself - Son of Harry Forester (4 episodes, 2012)
Shirley Forester McKenzie ...
 Herself - Resident of Texas County, OK / ... (4 episodes, 2012)
Lorene White ...
 Herself - Resident of Stanton County, KS (4 episodes, 2012)
Sam Arguello ...
 Himself - Resident of Union County, NM (4 episodes, 2012)
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 Caroline Henderson (4 episodes, 2012)
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 Himself - Narrator (4 episodes, 2012)
Don Wells ...
 Himself - Resident of Cimarron County, OK (4 episodes, 2012)
Floyd Coen ...
 Himself - Resident of Morton County, KS (4 episodes, 2012)
Pauline Robertson ...
 Herself - Resident of Union County, NM (4 episodes, 2012)
Dale Coen ...
 Himself - Resident of Morton County, KS (3 episodes, 2012)
Irene Beck Hauer ...
 Herself - Resident of Cimarron County, CO (3 episodes, 2012)
Louise Forester Briggs ...
 Herself - Resident of Texas County, OK (3 episodes, 2012)
Ina K. Labrier ...
 Herself - Resident of Prowers County, CO (3 episodes, 2012)
Millard Fowler ...
 Himself - Resident of Cimarron County, OK (3 episodes, 2012)
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 Sanora Babb (3 episodes, 2012)
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 Hazel Lucas Shaw (3 episodes, 2012)
Kevin Conway ...
 Ernie Pyle (3 episodes, 2012)
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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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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Of human endurance
5 August 2013 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

As an immigrant I was not familiar with this episode in American history besides a few facts connected to Great Depression and migration of thousands to California so well described by John Steinbeck. This movie however showed me that it may not be only about economic woes of that era but other factors played significant role such as greed, cheating of poor farmers by unscrupulous developers in a sort of Alaskan scheme,disregard for needs of a land (notice that historians point to the fact of that area used incorrectly for wheat instead just for grazing), over extensive farming resulting in erosion and general lack of paying attention to climate. All this unfortunately reminds me of our times which makes this movie especially troubling. What saved us completely from total gloom after watching are people: beautiful farmers undefeated in the face of such calamity. I just wish that those types of Americans would be shown more often to the rest of the world and maybe they will be more liked by others. Instead what the world see are shallow celebrities, rich and arrogant businessmen. Show the world more that woman in the beaten truck with her hungry children in that famous photograph made on the way to California and she should be real American lady not Modonna or similar types. Now, on another note: what struck me about the movie is how well our heroes looked despite poverty, lack of food, dust and proper medical care. I even cracked a joke to my family that they all looked as they had just left Gap store. Compare them with contemporary society and see difference. Obesity, bulky faces, sloppy clothes, lack of grace, a hint of stupidity on our faces coming from constant looking at commercial surroundings and see how those old farmers looked dignified compared to us. They ate less but purer food, were surrounded by nature and beauty (with the exception of those 10 years of dust bowl), had deep connection to others, walked constantly... - perhaps these things made them prettier. So if there are messages coming from this movie there are following: treat nature with respect, plan for the future, save water; and in other realm: dress better, walk more and with poise and clean your house. If they could do it despite all the odds, so can we.


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