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Interstellar’s apocalyptic future rooted in real-life catastrophe that devastated USA a century ago

‘Interstellar’ is a highly acclaimed science fiction film from the 21st century that will soon be celebrating its tenth anniversary. Directed by Christopher Nolan and starring Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway, the movie will be returning to theaters next fall.

The story follows a journey to find habitable planets where humans can live, as the future looks bleak due to a lack of basic resources caused by the desolation of crops. Set in the year 2067, the film is inspired by a catastrophe that resulted in millions of deaths in the United States almost a century ago.

This catastrophe was known as the Dust Bowl, a period of intense dust storms that affected the United States, Mexico, and Canada. This led to the collapse of the agricultural sector and forced over three million people to abandon their farms during the Great Depression. It is estimated that around five million people died from hunger as a result of this disaster.

Dust storm during the Dust Bowl. PHOTO: National Ranching Heritage Center

Prolonged droughts, combined with human manipulation of the land, triggered devastating storms referred to as ‘black wind’ and ‘black blizzards’.

While the re-release of ‘Interstellar’ in theaters is imminent, you can always watch it from the comfort of your home. The film is available on HBO Max and Movistar Plus+. Don’t forget to follow the MeriStation channel on YouTube for the latest news and updates on video games, movies, series, manga, and anime. Subscribe for previews, analysis, interviews, trailers, gameplays, podcasts, and much more!

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