I Am Alive: Surviving the Andes Plane Crash

Released in 2010 I Am Alive: Surviving the Plane Crash explores the tragedy which was that of Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571, a charter plane carrying 45 passengers which on October 13, 1972, vanished over the Andes, the longest continental mountain range in the world.

Through interviews with Nando Parrado, a surviving member of the crash itself and the use of reenactments we learn of the 72-day struggle for survival which followed the initial crash. During this time the world at large assumed that all passengers had been killed, but for the 16 survivors whom were now facing extreme sub-zero temperatures and what they experienced was worse than death.

Fighting to stay alive the groups hope was non-existent but against all odds one man managed to lead an expedition into the mountains in a desperate attempt to reach civilisation. This is an unflinching account of the 72 days of suffering that followed the crash and the extremes in which people will turn to in order to survive.

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  1. This film is not about the accident in the Andes (Chile, 1972), but about an accident in the Swiss Alps (Switzerland, 1946) … The description on this page is totally misleading

  2. Wow. What a story. Faced with that situation and the will to survive, they did something extraordinary, all of them.

  3. Nothing heroic or spiritual about it, Should have died with dignity.
    All I hear in this is excuses to justify what they have done.
    I can bet you they constantly live with it every time they go to sleep, They try and say otherwise but once it’s done there is no going back to normal!

    • They had courage and strength. They were not cowards. They did what they had to do in order to survive.

      There is no dignity in death. Thinking so is just an act of fooling oneself.

      • Nice comment, Kristel. I assume ShaneMcGraths comment was about eating human flesh. I find it a challenge to put myself in that situation, but it’s really just a conditioned concept, not something that is right or wrong.

  4. Tremendous.