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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