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MIPTV Picks 2012: The Dust Bowl

This mini-series from Ken Burns' Florentine Films paints a vivid picture of the dark days of the Dust Bowl, while exploring deeper issues regarding our relationships to the land, and to each other.
March 24, 2012

For the better part of a decade, from 1930 to 1936 (and in some locations until 1940), the American Southern plains were rendered barren and void, plundered by careless farming practices and turned to dust by drought. What we came to know as The Dust Bowl was the worst man-made ecological disaster in America to date, in which scores of children were stricken with “dust pneumonia,” and farming families who had tended the land were left penniless, prompting the largest exodus in U.S. history. This mini-series from Ken Burns’ Florentine Films paints a vivid picture of those dark days, while exploring deeper issues regarding our relationships to the land, and to each other.

Partners: Florentine Films, distributed by PBS International

Volume: 4 x 60 minutes

Airing: Fall 2012 (PBS U.S.)

Rights available: Worldwide

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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