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  • A rugby team's plane crashes, leaving them stranded and desperate for 72 days.

    A rugby team's plane crashes, leaving them stranded and desperate for 72 days.

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  • Roberto Canessa at the Memorial to the victims

    Roberto Canessa at the Memorial to the victims

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  • Adolfo "Fito" Strauch and Gustavo Zerbino near the plane's wing

    Adolfo "Fito" Strauch and Gustavo Zerbino near the plane's wing

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  • The Memorial to the victims of the crash

    The Memorial to the victims of the crash

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  • The Final expedition

    The Final expedition

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  • Gustavo Zerbino, Adolfo "Fito" Strauch, "Moncho" Sabella and Roberto Canessa at the site of the crash

    Gustavo Zerbino, Adolfo "Fito" Strauch, "Moncho" Sabella and Roberto Canessa at the site of the crash

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  • Adolfo "Fito" Strauch wearing the spectacles he made after the crash

    Adolfo "Fito" Strauch wearing the spectacles he made after the crash

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  • Production still from the set of the fiction sequences

    Production still from the set of the fiction sequences

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  • Producer Marc Silvera and Director Gonzalo Arijon

    Producer Marc Silvera and Director Gonzalo Arijon

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The Film

On Friday, October 13, in 1972, charter flight 571 took off from Montevideo, Uruguay’s capital city, carrying a boisterous team of wealthy college athletes to a rugby match in Chile. But what was supposed to be a first taste of freedom away from home turned out to be a much scarier and life-altering journey.

Stranded: The Andes Plane Crash Survivors is the tale of flight 571, which never made it to Chile. Instead, the plane crash-landed in a desolate glacial valley, high in the Andean cordillera — a chain of rugged, snow-covered peaks stretching from Bogata, Colombia to Punta Arenas, Chile. Fifteen people died, including the pilot. Five were badly wounded. But — miracle of miracles — 29 lived.

Three decades after the crash, the 16 survivors, interviewed in the film, revive long-buried emotions and intimate memories. They take viewers, moment by agonizing moment, through their suffering, as hope turns into despair and as hours stretch into days and weeks. And finally, just before disbelief hardens into bitterness and fear turns to madness, the unexpected happens.

With death by starvation drawing ever nearer, the survivors arrive at a universal conclusion — that in order to live, they must break a taboo: They must find their nourishment in the flesh of their teammates who have died alongside them in the snowy wilderness. The group closes ranks around the terrible, life-saving decision: a decision that sustains them over the 72-day odyssey and helps them fuse into a single organism dedicated to one purpose — survival.

The Filmmakers

  1. Gonzalo ArijonDirector
  2. Marc SilveraProducer