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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

November 14, 2012 at 10:48 AM

New Ken Burns documentary to air this weekend

Ken Burns, director of many beloved multipart documentaries (“The Civil War,” “Baseball,” “Jazz,” “The War”), has a new one out on PBS this weekend: “The Dust Bowl,” screening Sunday and Monday on KCTS-9 here, takes a look at a great ecological disaster, brought about in the 1930s after a long drought, questionable farming practices and high winds caused tons of soil and dust to blow across the landscape — destroying crops, suffocating animals, and driving numerous families into poverty. Burns located footage from the disaster, unearthed photographs and interviewed survivors (26 people, though several have died since filming); should be fascinating viewing.
Burns dropped by The Seattle Times last week, in town to promote “The Dust Bowl,” and talked a bit about his upcoming projects. In addition to the completed documentary “The Central Park Five” (about the men wrongly accused in the Central Park Jogger case; directed with his daughter Sarah, and due for television broadcast next year), he’s at work on documentaries about the Vietnam War, the Roosevelts, Jackie Robinson, country music, and Ernest Hemingway. An enviable feast of topics, no?

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