Thursday, June 4, 2009

BBC-Stranded! The Andes Plane Crash Survivors

If you've seen the 1992 film Alive, you'll know the story of the 1972 Andes flight disaster. But no movie could match this thrilling, profound documentary, in which the survivors tell their own tale.The survivors of this famous plane crash relive their experiences 30 years later.

In 1972, a student rugby team boarded a small plane in Montevideo to fly to Chile, but a storm brought their plane down in the high Andes, leaving the survivors stranded on a remote glacier. Ill-equipped, with no food and little hope of rescue, the survivors faced extreme hardship and many life or death situations, including the agonising decision to eat the flesh of those killed in the crash.These men have turned the extreme emotion of their ordeal into a kind of poetry. They discuss the "new society" they formed as they huddled for two months in a smashed fuselage on a snowy mountain, and liken their most famous hardship - eating their dead to avoid starvation - to holy communion. Amid the accounts of heroic resolve are uniquely wise, overwhelmingly touching ruminations on death and loss.


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