On a Wednesday evening in April, the community of Pleasant Grove, Alabama, took cover as a tornado approached from the west. When they emerged from their homes a short time later, the devastation was simply unfathomable. The April 27th tornado was a massive F-5 - the second most deadly tornado in history - and demolished whole neighborhoods and communities with its mile-wide destructive path that went on for 200 miles across Alabama. By the time all the homes were searched, the death toll had risen above 350 people.
I shot this film two weeks after the tornado occurred. The people of Pleasant Grove, as well the other cities affected, will be picking up the pieces for months to come.
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