Sweet Crude Man Camp shows human side of North Dakota oil boom
Sweet Crude Man Camp is a series of intimate interviews with North Dakotans affected by the area's ongoing oil boom. Produced by Alec Soth and Directed by: Isaac Gale the video above shows us the highs and lows of the lives of oil workers.
According to the film, some workers pay as much as $4,000 a month to live in dormitories or "man camps" near the drill sites. With limited housing alternatives, the oil companies can charge whatever they want. One man in the film chooses to live in his car to save money and get out of debt.
Overall, the film is not overtly critical of the oil industry, rather showing a number of views and human sides to the complicated story. One man talks about his need for work and how the oil boom is helping him take care of his family.
In any political debate, it can be easy to dismiss or lose sight of the human stories on the other side of an issue, so this film is a good job of humanizing a complicated issue of how an oil boom helps and hurts a region.