‘The 33’ to Portray How Chilean Miners Relied on Faith Before Miraculous Rescue

Cortney O'Brien
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Posted: Aug 04, 2015 2:30 PM
‘The 33’ to Portray How Chilean Miners Relied on Faith Before Miraculous Rescue

Five years ago, 33 Chilean miners working in the San Jose mine heard a boom. Then they were trapped 2,300 feet underground. For two months, they rationed food and water and prayed that they’d see once again see the light of day and the families they left above ground. 

They lived to talk about it.

No one is soon to forget the image of those 33 miners being raised one by one in a capsule that propelled them to freedom. Now, five years after the miraculous rescue, Warner Brothers is releasing “The 33” for moviegoers to witness the incredible tale on the big screen.

One of the trapped miners’ greatest sources of strength during those 69 days underground was their faith in God. A new trailer made exclusively for Christian outlets puts the spotlight on this particular part of the miners’ ordeal. Watch below. I got chills.

The most powerful moment in the trailer, I think, is this exchange between two of the trapped miners:

“We can say a prayer together.”

“I don’t know the words.”

“God doesn’t care.”

CNN is airing a special tonight at 9 p.m. on how these miners’ religious convictions propelled them back to the surface. The men kept looking up, even when darkness loomed, resources were scant, and time was running out. Jorge Galleguillos, a trapped miner from Copiapo, Chile, described how they refused to give up:

"You have to have faith," Galleguillos said. "You can never lose your faith. Faith is nourishment ... Faith is life."

Antonio Banderas stars in “The 33” as miner Mario Sepulveda. Sepulveda is remembered as the second man to be lifted to safety and who joyously led his rescue team in a cheer.

“The 33” comes to US theaters Nov. 13.