Black rush life

14 minutes

Far from home, North Dakota oil workers take a last shot at the American dream

American frontiers have always been raw and brutal places. Working life in North Dakota’s booming oil fields is no different. The money is great, but family and friends are far away and in the bitter cold of winter there is little to do but work, sleep and dream of going home. North Dakota’s oil and gas fields employ some 30,000 workers — six times the number working there eight years ago – and the state has the nation’s lowest unemployment rates. Filmmaker Christina Clusiau captures the austere beauty, and the human sorrow, of America’s newest boom.

Director: Christina Clusiau

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