documentary film maker
this man makes the most inspiring accurate exquisitely beautiful
documentaries that you will ever see.
you can trust that they have been well researched and are presented
in a manner that does the subject and its audience only credit.
sunday november 18 and monday november 19
there will be a 6 hour film
in two parts
on pbs . . . public service television
the dust bowl.
i’ll be watching it. because i live in the land where it happened.
the weather pattern was locked in and nothing changed.
a suffocating drought from 1933 to 1940. seven whole years.
we have just suffered through another year of drought that began
in 2010. three years.
i cannot even imagine what 7 years of it would be like.
i’d say it would be good to pop some corn and to call the older kids in . . .
and to watch it as a family. better than any old dry history lecture.
no pun intended!
nothing makes you appreciate where you are and what you’ve got
as much as seeing how other people suffered and then survived.
2.5 million people lost their homes. and had to re-locate.
over 7,000 died from dust pneumonia and other lung related disease.
they called it the black blizzard.
the clouds of dirt finally made it as far as washington d.c.
a mixture of poor farming methods and severe drought for 7 years.
here’s where it happened.
a film by ken burns
~ the dust bowl ~
(home of big bird)
nov 18 and nov 19
see local listings for channel
i’ll be watching
because somehow i feel i owe it to those
who endured it here.
all those years ago.
this was not really farming country.
and still is
it has its own uses.
its own horticulture.
all that was not known then.
man so often tries to bend nature to his own will.
our state is now dry again.
but now we have trees
and good farming practices.
those who came after
learned from the suffering
of those who went before.
like i just owe it to them somehow.
it’s the least i can do.
our dirt here is still blood red.
so the sky must have stayed red
all those years.
i try to imagine it.
but i can’t.
so i will watch the film.
an homage to courage.