Channel 4 in the UK and ‘NOVA’ in the U.S. have commissioned London-based Pioneer Productions to create a hour-long documentary about the 33 Chilean copper miners that have been trapped underground since the roof of their mine collapsed on Aug. 5. In addition to chronicling their plight, the film will investigate the scientific and engineering feats required to rescue the men, as well as the biological and geological considerations.
The story made international headlines last month when the miners were discovered alive 17 days after the initial collapse. Distributor Mentorn International will launch the film at MIPCOM next month, nearly a month before the men are expected to be freed.
‘Uniquely for this type of disaster, we are aware of the miners’ ordeal, as it plays out in front of the whole world,’ says Pioneer EP Stuart Carter. ‘It isn’t just about the engineering effort to save them, the effects are far reaching – the psychological and physical strain that they are under is extreme.’