An American Depression 52' by Sylvain Desmille


1929: The biggest economic crisis of the 20th century brought an abrupt end to the euphoria of the Roaring Twenties. Driven from their land, the farmers of the Great Plains were forced to abandon everything they had. They became migrants in their own country, and were treated as such by the vast Californian estates. They became the symbol of an America confronted by its own reality.

Built on the work of the iconic photographers of the Great Depression - Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans, and Arthur Rothstein - this full archive documentary analyzes the consequences of the economic collapse in the United States and provides a unique take on the failure of the American model.


Direction: Sylvain Desmille

Production: Les Batelières Productions for LCP & Toute l’Histoire

Delivery: Fall 2019

For the 90th anniversary of the Wall Street crash

Genre: History

Available versions: French, English

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