On Friday, the 13th of October, 1972, a charter plane carrying 45 passengers, including a college rugby team, vanished over the desolate, snow-covered Andes Mountains. For 72 days, the world thought they were dead.
A Uruguayan rugby team crashes in the Andes Mountains and has to survive the extremely cold temperatures and rough climate. As some of the people die, the survivors are forced to make a terrible decision between starvation and cannibalism.
Cinematographer César Charlone, a native of Montevideo, Uruguay, went to the same college as the survivors. He was supposed to be on the ill-fated flight 571 but, as luck would have it, could not reach Montevideo in time to catch it since he was traveling from Brazil. See more »
At about 17:35, a photo is shown of the valley the plane crashed in. The caption reads that the picture was taken by Roy Harley minutes after the crash, but in fact the only camera the survivors had was found in the tail some weeks later. Nando Parrado took most of the photos on that particular film, including the one featured at 17:35. See more »
Amazing testimony of faith in face of incredible adversity
I was hit very hard by these first-hand testimonies told, 36 years later, as if they had been lived yesterday. In the middle of the movie I began to pray. It just happened spontaneously in front of this amazing testimony of faith, a faith that made the miracle that those bodies worn and weary physically and psychologically were able to resist continuing adversity -first the crash, then the avalanche-, for so many days -two months- and then make that final effort that can not be humanly explained. The miracle is both of those who survived as well as of those who died and gave -spiritually and materially- their lives for the others. Thanks to those who made the film. Thanks that we could saw it. See it.
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