A documentary about the 1930s drought of North American prairie farm land, and its consequences during the great depression.
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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »
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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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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 ...
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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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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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Do Re Mi
Words and Music by Woody Guthrie
WGP/TRO. © 1961 (Renewed)
1963 (Renewed) Woody Guthrie Publications, Inc.
& Ludlow Music, Inc., New York, NY (BMI)
Administered by Ludlow Music, Inc.
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Ken Burns does it again.
19 November 2012 | by See 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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