Watch This: Trailer for The 33

The 33 is not the kind of story I usually talk about. It isn’t about a woman or women. It’s about men. 33 men. It’s based on the 2010 Chilean mine disaster in which 33 men were trapped underground for 69 days.

I read Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Hector Tobar’s book Deep Down Dark on which the film is based and I got to know those men and the people in their lives – their wives, lovers and children. The book was utterly compelling and nerve wracking. If you are a reader, read this book before the film is released.

You don’t have to read the book to be interested in the movie. It’s an amazing story. Patricia Riggen directs. Patricia Riggen is a native of Mexico, known for directing such films as Under the Same Moon, Lemonade Mouth, and Girl in Progress.

the poster for The 33

It’s a big cast, including Cote de Pablo, Antonio Banderas, Rodrigo Santoro, James Brolin,  Juliette Binoche, Kate del Castillo, Lou Diamond Phillips, Gabriel Byrne, Mario Casas, Adriana Barraza, and Bob Gunton.

The film opens on November 13.

The Dovekeepers

Tonight and tomorrow night, the four-hour mini series The Dovekeepers airs on CBS.

At once epic and intimate, The Dovekeepers is based on the novel by Alice Hoffman about the seige of Masada. Masada was a Jewish stronghold atop a mountain in the Judean desert. The key part of the story involves women whose roles were to care for the doves in a large dove cote.

With food and water available, the Jews at Masada managed to hang on for a very long time, but eventually were overwhelmed. Masada was set upon by Roman armies in 70 C.E. Almost everyone died. The dovekeepers were among the few survivors.

The novel, which told this famous historical tale from the point of view of women, was published in 2011. I read the book and found it excellent, so I have high hopes for this mini series.

Here are previews and interviews about the mini series.

The starring roles are played by Cote de Pablo, Rachel Brosnahan, and Kathryn Prescott as the dovekeepers.

Roma Downey is the executive producer of the mini series.

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