The Dust Bowl: Join the Conversation
Premieres November 18 and 19 at 7 p.m.!
Ken Burns' new film, THE DUST BOWL, chronicles the worst man-made ecological disaster in American history, in which the frenzied wheat boom of the "Great Plow-Up," followed by a decade-long drought during the 1930s nearly swept away the breadbasket of the nation. Vivid interviews with twenty-six survivors of those hard times, combined with dramatic photographs and seldom seen movie footage, bring to life stories of incredible human suffering and equally incredible human perseverance. It is also a morality tale about our relationship to the land that sustains us — a lesson we ignore at our peril.
Much of the film shares the experiences of Oklahomans, revealing their resiliency as they endured incredible human suffering.
How do the lessons learned from THE DUST BOWL apply to the environmental challenges Oklahomans face today?
OETA is launching a community engagement project that will examine the issues explored in THE DUST BOWL and foster a statewide conversation about how Oklahomans are using, supporting and promoting sustainability in their families and communities. The project will include local screenings of the film, panel discussions, educational resources, partnerships with local organizations promoting sustainability and much more. Stay tuned for details on upcoming DUST BOWL events.