This Sahara Railway Is One of the Most Extreme in the World | Short Film Showcase
This Sahara Railway Is One of the Most Extreme in the World Short Film Showcase

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At more than 430 miles long, the Mauritania Railway has been transporting iron ore across the blistering heat of the Sahara Desert since 1963. ➡ Subscribe: ➡ Get More Short Film Showcase: #NationalGeographic #Trains #Sahara About Short Film Showcase: The Short Film Showcase spotlights exceptional short videos created by filmmakers from around the web and selected by National Geographic editors. We look for work that affirms National Geographic's belief in the power of science, exploration, and storytelling to change the world. The filmmakers created the content presented, and the opinions expressed are their own, not those of National Geographic Partners. Know of a great short film that should be part of our Showcase? Email to submit a video for consideration. See more from National Geographic's Short Film Showcase at Get More National Geographic: Official Site: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: One of the longest and heaviest trains in the world, the 1.8-mile beast runs from the mining center of Zouerat to the port city of Nouadhibou on Africa’s Atlantic coast. The train is the bedrock of the Mauritanian economy and a lifeline to the outside world for the people who live along its route. Hop on board the ‘Backbone of the Sahara’ with filmmaker Macgregor for an incredible journey through the stunning Western Saharan landscape. Follow Macgregor: About National Geographic: National Geographic is the world's premium destination for science, exploration, and adventure. Through their world-class scientists, photographers, journalists, and filmmakers, Nat Geo gets you closer to the stories that matter and past the edge of what's possible. This Sahara Railway Is One of the Most Extreme in the World | Short Film Showcase National Geographic


Vishwadeep Sonawane : 10/10 for the videography and sound.

T.E. Lawrence : The cleanliness of the other place like it

rosh 9 : The Malick who sells fish is my friend... He says it's tough to survive out there in the Sahara... So folks.. Always give respect to whatever job you do... Peace

rogue warr : Some people struggle to just live ,some people struggle to go to Mars ..isn't life funny

Wolpertinger : This video is just breathtaking! Surprisingly beautiful images that illustrate such a rough environment and the strength of the people living there.

sushant mhatre : The people who built the train track in this scorching heat 🙌🏻

Bandita Hazarika : At some point,I felt like watching CGI animation.. Awsome cinematography.. The music and the people's brought a strange feeling in me.. It bought me tears.. Long live sahara ❤

Vince Marquez : I didnt want this to end I just wanted to keep watching it

Beer Brother's : One the best cinematography I have ever seen ❤️🌍

RC Networks : Finally YouTube recommended something good for a change.

معاذ الانصاري : As a Mauritanian am really thankful that National Geographic shared one of the amazing facts about my country. I really appreciate all your efforts

Amir Khan : it is sad to see this much bad conditions for the locals,i checked now they have a population of only 4.3mn ,its not that much to be taken care of, this iron ore industry must be making billions and the stories of corruption must be rampant as usual in developing countries.

Theo Suharto : Mah boi Malick got them nice headphones ayee !

Tayba Khan : Why sahara desert always reminds me of 'the alchemist' (book by paulo coelho) ?!

Azliana Lyana : 3 kilometres long train? Wow! It's amazing how the main cars manage to pull the whole load. This is a very well made video by the way. Almost feels like watching a movie with a very unsettling undertone. I'm just.. amazed by the train, still. Thanks for sharing National Geographic.

Daniel Engle : This short film is incredibly well produced.

med ozil : Mauritania 🇲🇷🇲🇷🇲🇷

LAXMAN KHERALIYA : 9:7 display temperature 40° here in india Gujarat in sumer up to 48°😀😀😀

ramki695 : I am extremely happy to have viewed this video. Hats of to Nat Geo for having brought out this amazing video. I was transported to another world with the view and back ground music. What is more important is how the people have adapted to the environment and yet live their life to the fullest possible extent. Hats of to the people of Mauritania. God bless you.

William Miles La Mont : Nat Geo is raising the bar on YouTube! What a moving documentary. The evocative music matched the visuals, and the overall minimalist vibe was perfect for this subject.

Sayeed Hossain : Do you like Mars? Do you want to go there? Just go to the heart of the desert - Sahara!

abel carreon : How do they prevent the sand from burying the railway?

Kishan KY : This is incredibly beautiful...Probably one of the most beautiful things I have watched on Youtube... Thank You Nat Geo...

Manjit Gogoi : The continent of Africa is rich in mineral resources but still it is the poorest continent on Earth. May God bless the people of Africa.

shawn walker : This guy knows how to place a camera. Just wow. Amazing

ardy suryo : Video was beautiful. Just sad how the country with so much resources, but (majority) people live in below standard of living. Just like in indonesia. Government didnt care about the poor, they only need when the election time come. Rich get rich, poor still poor. Sorry for my bad english

Mohammad Irfan : Masha Allah, incredible sound and visuals....😍😍

Lyes Allalou : A great journey in silence and resistance. The patience those people show toward the harsh living condition is worth praising.

veissal ahmed la fouine : شكرا هاذا قطارنا ركبته مرات عدة من انواذيبو الى ازويرات merci national géographique

Thexsoar the Bearded : Nobody does slow zooms into emotionless people's faces like NatGeo.

Shabeer Karuveetil : Maybe the people are happier and having better peace of mind than NYC

Danny Mei : The quality of the sound is making me cry

Emmanuel Avinash : Its really good to see national geographic on youtube... I just hit the subscribe button!!

رسول ضياء : الي عربي شاف الفديو لايك

gumelini1 : I would watch an entire hour and a half documentary on this,that is how hooked i am after watching this

Aditya otavkar : It is impressive that the rail track won't burry under sand

Flamingo Frames : This film glorifies how the life of a nomad or the native to Mauritania is connected to Mauritanice Railway.It also tells us about the world's longest train(over 3Km long) carrying tones of iron ore from the heart of Sahara towards the urban cities. The camera angles used in the film are so pure and unique. With the intensive use of extreme long shots in the film, it brings out the real picture of Mauritanice Railway. The camera moments are so fluid to diversify the picture. Use of deep and soft sound takes you through the vibe of the film. It also predicts the slow and snoring sound of the desert. Hats off to the team of the film and best wishes from Flamingo Frames Pune, Maharashtra, India(411033).

Justice Warrior : This is what NG was made for! Master pieces

Ruslan Drajev : I'm literally incapable of expressing with words what this short movie did to me but I'll try. One, I'm obsessed with geography so learning new things about some place in the world is always welcome. Two, since I'm passionate about visual arts especially photography I was mind-blown by the visual quality, I truly believe the videographer is a genius. Three, it's very humbling to see how some people live, under such conditions, it gives a person a whole new approach to life and reeeally boosts gratitude for everything that we have in our everyday life. I am beyond stunned by this production, I want to thank everyone who stands behind it and contributed to it, it is amazing.

Mateusz Czwakiel : Amazing film! I absolutely loved the cinematography! More content like this depicting life around different parts of the world would be great.

Sam Host : This is one of the best videos. Please do a documentary about camels, and their owners


Willian Barros dos Santos : Parabéns lindo documentario

Alfaz Uddin : bigger than a country like Vatican city, san marino👌✌✌

Gorgui N'diaye : this is the train of the biggest company in Mauritania called "Snim", it is located in Nouadhibou the economic Capital of Mauritania and my father works in there since 1977 and he'll retire this year. it's very beautiful watching and seeing my fellow citizen just heart toching

Sohom Sengupta : Incredibly shot and atmospheric. This could be the desert version of the Snowpiercer.

Smumpism : Meet Swampletics. My Mauritania locked ultimate ironman.

Abelard Lindsey : This is precisely the kind of video that youtube and the internet was invented for.

Andreas Heise : I made screenshot after screenshot... besides the almost misterious story about the life in desert, the pictures are perfectly taken, the frames are miracolousely beautiful and composed. Thank you for sharing!