Manuel Bauer
Vida Férrea
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Vida Férrea

Vida Férrea

Manuel Bauer

95 min.
Peru and Spain
Subtitles: English

A hypnotic train journey through Peru. We descend from the Andes mines at 4,800 metres altitude to the Pacific Ocean with the neo-colonialist exploitation as a backdrop.


Manuel Bauer
David Romero
Carlos Cárdenas, Alejandro Lázaro, Sandra Yépez, Manuel Bauer
Clara Martínez Malagelada, Manuel Bauer
Direction assistant
Karina Cáceres
Photography director
José Luis Salomón
Photography assistant
Alexis Yanavilca

A mesmerising train journey through Peru follows the route of the Central Andean Railway, built in 1870 and with the steepest gradient in the world. We descend from the Andes mines at 4,800 metres altitude to the Pacific Ocean against the backdrop of neo-colonialist exploitation. The train ride shows the paradox of a country rich in natural resources that sees high-value raw materials disappearing on cargo ships on the horizon. A portrait of Peruvian society through the various chance encounters during the train's incredible descent. A train movie with breathtaking scenery.

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Manuel Bauer

Manuel Bauer


Born in Lima, Peru in 1974, he graduated in Communication Sciences from the University of Lima in 19...

Awards and festivals

FIPRESCI Award - Visions Du Réel
Switzerland, 2022
Manuel Bauer
Vida Férrea
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