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I Am Alive! Surviving the Andes Plane Crash
This afternoon I was working in the basement shop, in order to get out an order that has to be delivered tomorrow, of all things. I had the TV tuned to the History Channel, and it was playing in the background. Then at the top of the hour, a documentary about the 1972 Andes plane crash of all those Uruguayan rugby students, came on. It was a two hour expose of the events leading up to it and the aftermath. At first I continued working and just turning to watch occasionally. But after about fifteen minutes, I was riveted to the show, and stopped working, it was that good.

When the move "Alive" first came out in 1992, I didn't really pay all that much attention to it, but did go and see it after the turn of the century, so I knew what the movie showed. And too, I had seen a documentary right after that, but I can't remember which one. And surprisingly, the movie was about as factual as one could get.

But this one had elements that drew me to it, to the point where I had to give it my undivided attention. In fact, near the end of the show, it was so heart rendering that I choked up several times, and would have cried if I wasn't taking an SSRI, which makes it almost impossible to shed tears.

One of the comments made that were made was so true. The commenter stated that some would say that such dangerous situations tended to develop character, but he disagreed. He stated that these things only brought out the character that was already there. And I totally agree. They don't build character: it simply comes out of those possessing it. And clearly Nando Parrado rose to the occasion, even after the death of his mother and sister, and after suffering a head injury. He's really quite a hero.

Here's the 40 year reunion of the survivors.

Here's the trailer of the actual documentary.

And here's the complete History Channel show. I found it on several sites, but none of them were really of good quality. But by chance I came across this one, where the quality if very good. If you have watched the movie, but not a documentary of the events, I heartily recommend this one. Its great.



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