VIDA FERREA – Steel Life is a film journey about the Central Peruvian Railway during the week of Peru’s most important national holiday, Independence Day, July 28th. The train goes through steep gradients, carrying minerals from Cerro de Pasco, at 4380 m of altitude, one of the highest cities in the world, to the Port of Callao in the Ocean Pacific shore.
As the train passes through the main stations along its route, the story will touch upon the lives of individual Peruvians who live in those cities. Peruvians who, despite sharing the same railway, have different experiences and daily lives, each one on different journeys. Along the way we find a century old bar that refuses to disappear, a nurse who tries to safe children with so much lead in their blood that they will not make it through a metal detector, and a city that devours itself along with the memories and health of the people who live in it. All these stories develop within the proud celebrations of our “independence”, which happened 200 years ago, mix with the people’s feeling that few things have changed.
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“The ‘railroad movie’ that shows the beauty and disenchantment of today’s Peru”
– Hector L. Martinez, El Pais, 09.04.22
“I discovered a very cinematic universe from the locomotive cabin”