THE BITTER DESERT

Historical documentary. Under development. Based on the book “The Bitter Desert” By Thor Gotaas and Roger Kvarsvik. Co-Production: Thelmax As. Production company: Sanden Media.

This is the story of the Norwegian homeless people living in New York City during the 1920’s. For a long period of time, Norwegians traveled to America in the pursuit of work and wealth. But not everyone found the Promised Land. The fall of 1929, the Economic Depression hit thousands of Norwegian sailors in the USA. Many became homeless, and sided in a large dumpster filling in Brooklyn. Between barrels, pipes and in car wrecks they created their homes. The place was named The Bitter Desert.