The real life and death drama of the trapped Chilean miners riveted the world in 2010, as did the dramatic rescue of the 33 men trapped in the mine. ‘Chilean Mine Rescue,’ a new special on Smithsonian Network, tells the ultimate story of survival and rescue. The special will premiere on Thursday, October 13, 2011, at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT, o Smithsoniai Channel, according to a September 26, 2011, press announcement from Smithsonian Channel.
‘Chilean Mine Rescue’ on a one-hour special, premiering one year to the day of the remarkable rescue of the 33 trapped miners. The film features never-before seen footage and interviews with the miners.
Thirty three men were trapped under a half mile of rock at the San Jose, Chile mine. Their agonizing fight for survival underground is a story of starvation, despair and danger. Above ground, it is a race against time by an international team as they re-invent mine rescue in real time to get the men out.
During late summer of 2010, the world became riveted by a life and death drama that gripped the imagination and called upon astonishing feats of engineering science and human endurance. Since we began extracting minerals from the Earth, these types of subterranean ordeals have many times ended tragically. But, in this case, the story evolved in a way that was inspiring, and ultimately triumphant. CHILEAN MINE RESCUE goes behind the headlines to examine not just what happened during those 68 remarkable days, but how and why. Combining first person accounts, compelling footage of the trapped miners, 3-D animation and dramatic recreations, Smithsonian Channel tells the story behind the extraordinary rescue of “Los 33.”
The miners were buried deeper, and would need to survive underground longer than in any previous rescue attempt. Only a handful of people in the entire world have the tools and skill to attempt an extraction of men entombed half a mile below the surface. Despite the odds, Chilean Minister of Mining Laurence Golbourne galvanized an international rescue effort, with teams from Australia, South Africa, and the United States, the cost of which was estimated at $20 million dollars.
Interviews show the families’ joy at the miners’ return, and the changes faced by men who are now – one year after the rescue – international celebrities. Pictures of the real rescue are attached in Rescued: Chilean Mine Rescue
The film was produced in conjunction with the exhibition “Against All Odds: Rescue at the Chilean Mine”, on view at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History until May 2012.
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