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The Dust Bowl

The Dust Bowl

Photo Credit:  Courtesy of Associated Press
  • Premiered: 
    November 18, 2012
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  • Network: PBS
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    16th Ken Burns multi-part documentary (23rd film overall), preceded by Prohibition 
  • Subject Matter: Historical
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Plot Synopsis

Using personal stories of 26 survivors, seldom-seen photographs and rare archival footage, THE DUST BOWL chronicles America's worst manmade ecological disaster, when the decade-long drought during the 1930s followed the frenzied wheat boom of the "Great Plow-Up." This two-part, four-hour documentary brings to life stories of incredible human suffering and equally incredible perseverance, while conveying a morality tale about our relationship to the land that sustains us -- a lesson we ignore at our peril. THE DUST BOWL premiered at the Telluride Mountainfilm Festival in May 2012, just six months before its broadcast premiere on PBS.


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Florentine Films