How Filmmakers Used Drones to Capture the Mexico City Earthquake Rescue | Op-Docs

Mexican documentary filmmakers are some of the best in the world today — an underappreciated fact that inspired us to put together “A Moment in Mexico,” a special series of six Op-Docs by Mexican directors.

This week, we bring you Santiago Arau Pontones and Diego Rabasa’s “Ruptured City,” a visually spellbinding film about the earthquake that struck central Mexico last year on September 19 — the very anniversary of the devastating 1985 Mexico City earthquake. Made from astonishing drone footage and audio of rescue teams at work, the film tells an emotional story using an extraordinarily wide visual frame that allows us to see the city and its people almost as a single entity, responding in a time of crisis.

As the directors write, “On the heels of last year’s quake, the natural response of the vast majority of people was to go out into the street to help. The support was so overwhelming that the worst-hit areas were brimming with help. This documentary captures the essence of what happened when this new wound struck our city, the day in which the earth reminded us anew of the fragility of our foundations.”

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  1. the microsoft powerpoint inspired introduction is slightly weird. did an intern do that? XD looks great but somewhat strange for sure lmao.
    great video, thank you for the hard work!

  2. Two questions come to mind; the first is what happens when the rescue workers need silence to listen for sound from the rubble and a drone is buzzing away overhead. Drones are pretty noisy. Second, how was the audio sourced? For example when the rescue workers are running with a stretcher and people are applauding and cheering, what audio are we hearing? Was someone recording on the ground? Is it generic / foley sounds? On the face of it this is stunning documentary work, but it does leave me wondering about a few issues.

  3. Fuerza mexico 🇲🇽 after the earthquake you could see that every single Mexican was worried and a lot of us were helping. It was beautiful 🇲🇽🇲🇽🇲🇽❤️❤️❤️

  4. me alegra que la tecnología en tengo usandolo a favor del bienpueden usar esos drones para rescates ubicación de víctimas en siniestros incendios incluso lo bombero debe tener su su pequeña flota sea para armar todas partes incluso para la policía

  5. This isn't really how they used the drones. I have so many questions! How soon after the earthquake did they decide to film? How did they get permission to fly into the sites? (Especially since most of the rescue missions needed complete silence)

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