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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: http://bit.ly/NatGeoSubscribe ➡ Get More Short Film Showcase: http://bit.ly/ShortFilmShowcase #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 sfs@natgeo.com to submit a video for consideration. See more from National Geographic's Short Film Showcase at http://documentary.com Get More National Geographic: Official Site: http://bit.ly/NatGeoOfficialSite Facebook: http://bit.ly/FBNatGeo Twitter: http://bit.ly/NatGeoTwitter Instagram: http://bit.ly/NatGeoInsta 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: http://macgregor.works/ 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 https://youtu.be/jEo-ykjmHgg National Geographic https://www.youtube.com/natgeo
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National Geographic (9 months ago)
Trains on the Mauritania Railway are up to 3 kilometers in length, making them among the largest and heaviest in the world. What are your thoughts on this impressive railway?
Gurpreet Singh (8 days ago)
Alfaz Uddin (10 days ago)
I thought it bigger than a country like Vatican city,san marino😆😆😆
ikke 123 (18 days ago)
To all the canadians and Americans here who says there trains are longer. Yes that's true but you don't have blistering heat up to 50 degrees Celsius
Cyril Joseph (28 days ago)
+TheSteamLocomotive what are you telling
Roy S (1 month ago)
Mohamad Reza S (7 hours ago)
Can the government build more train for people passengers? Maybe one or two trains. They have 3 km trains but not one of them is for their own people.
smelka31 (10 hours ago)
best mini-documentary I have watched in some time.
Dablu kumar (16 hours ago)
John Smith (2 days ago)
How can a desert have a drought? It's why we call it a desert. Like saying a desert has a drought is like saying a lake is wet.
John Smith (2 days ago)
That country says, Railway System is the way to go. What do they do about sand drifts?
Raj Deepak (2 days ago)
Some palaces ...it look like Mars
trav seveneightyfour (2 days ago)
On a 55 inch tv and text is microscopic
trav seveneightyfour (2 days ago)
On a 55 inch tv and text is microscopic
Md almir Mir (4 days ago)
moto gee (6 days ago)
reminds me of blade runner movie....our current path is surely leading us there...no more humanity just machines
Vishal Gupta (7 days ago)
Honor Gaming (7 days ago)
Conclusion:- We should donate some money to the people through charity or other way. We live our life happily but we don't know the life of others. First of all we should be thankful to national geography channel to produce such type of documentary. How horrible livelihood they live. I say "Live and let live". May god show mercy on the people of Sahara and bless them. Peace!!!
معاذ الانصاري (7 days ago)
As a Mauritanian am really thankful that National Geographic shared one of the amazing facts about my country. I really appreciate all your efforts
Gurpreet Singh (8 days ago)
Beautiful desert. But it's feels like surviving from ancient period of human beings.
Ajay Tomar (8 days ago)
Haris Khan (8 days ago)
one of the best videos i watched on youtube
Schrodinger's Cat (9 days ago)
Mad Max: Rail Road
St Richie Salvation (10 days ago)
when ever am watching a national geography documentaries..I feel like am watching a movie...the pictures..the natural background sound..it soo enjoyable ..you feel natural ..God bless your asterisks works..
Alfaz Uddin (10 days ago)
omg..it bigger than a country like Vatican city, san marino👌✌✌
રλίɖ ʃλɖίι (11 days ago)
Desert The Arena of Strong men I am from the Arabian Desert too My loves goes to our friends in Mauritania
hjhgg (11 days ago)
this country looks like a post apocalyptic world and this scene 7:44 reminded me a movie called the book of eli starring denzel washington! also a side note I live in morocco and life here is way modern! I mean my life is way easier than these guys, strange how two neighbor countries could be this much different, it makes you wow
Michael Galmi (14 days ago)
Looks post apocalyptic
Lush Palms (14 days ago)
What was the spooky background music? Sounded like strong hz...made me feel weird.
Lush Palms (14 days ago)
Loneliest country on earth! Malick's journey is tough! I'm surprised the railroad tracks aren't covered.
John Smith (2 days ago)
That's what I was thinking. How do you know if a sand storm did not put a sand mound over the tracks? Have to look ahead for sure.
sparsh srivastava (15 days ago)
Every shot is beautiful. Amazing camerawork.
Purnava Chakraborty (19 days ago)
Great great cinematography 😇
Mohd Rashid (19 days ago)
SubhanAllah, Alhmdulillah,LaillahilAllah,Allahuakbar..thnks for rss in this country
Dhruv Sapariya (20 days ago)
I went into the pages of The alchemist 😚
Drasti chaudhari (21 days ago)
I literally have no words after watching this video. Have never watched anything this epic! I do not have a word ... speechless.
ZUPER duper (18 days ago)
ji chaudhari g
Bernie C. (21 days ago)
I’m amazed at the resiliency of the people...quite humbling video to watch
johnny llooddte (21 days ago)
im not sure what natl geo is trying to accomplish with this....its INSANE.."It is not safe for people to be on the train," said Ely Ould Abeilly, the SNIM representative in Nouakchott, the capital. "If there were any other means, we would stop it. It is a very heavy train, and if it derails it can be a very big disaster."
johnny llooddte (21 days ago)
INSANITY..Train to (almost) nowhere in Mauritania By SHARON LAFRANIERE JULY 8, 2007NOUADHIBOU, Mauritania — One might ask why any sane person would ride 675 kilometers through the Sahara in a railroad hopper, scorched by a blazing sun, surrounded by goats, fated to pass 17 hours watching desperate companions relieve themselves over the side of the car. For one, it is free. And two, it is virtually the only way to get to Zouérate. "Take a car and try to drive, you will be scared to death," said Mohamed Vall Ould Cheikh, who has been hopping the train for 12 years. "You will be driving in the middle of nowhere, no road, no water and no restaurant. If your car breaks down, you are dead." One might also ask why any sane person would go to Zouérate, a wide spot in remote northwest Mauritania whose only feature is a gargantuan open-pit hematite mine.
UVESH KHAN (23 days ago)
No narration but music and picture speak more than ny one narration
Latif Latifi (24 days ago)
"The desert is an ocean with its live underground"-cit.
Kristiadi Hartanto (24 days ago)
"it is their only connection to the outside world" wow must be so proud of being the citizens of sahara. Is that kid can read and do simple math? If he can, well, let's do bargaining!
Shiv Sagar (26 days ago)
5:56 How was that recorded? Drone?
M S (26 days ago)
Stolen from Africa drop to America the colonialismo
Jayson Lopez (26 days ago)
Interesting but the writing are so small and difficult to read.
jayshi cyber (26 days ago)
The video editing is on Legendary mode
Eric Lee (26 days ago)
Perfect videography into the credits. But why did you have background music playing while they were singing at the end?
Vimal Kumar (27 days ago)
Like my life it's also extremely miserable
ardy suryo (27 days ago)
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
DANIEL mota (26 days ago)
Most third world countries are rich.... But poorly managed. sell outs tyrants. corruption etc ect....
Ruwan Rathnayake (27 days ago)
So tragically mesmerizing! The cinematography, the story, editing and the music, all are absolutely first class.
Shrikant Wagle (27 days ago)
Nice 👍
Shashikant Chaudhari (27 days ago)
This country is of nomads, and see their poor condition...... The same is America.... Where are red Indians, Sir?......... Europeans are biggest looters of all continents.. China and British India ,though got a divided, but somewhat survived...Very sad story...
Joe king (27 days ago)
im emotional connected to these ppl by the videogarphy and the sound.. nat geo is full of suprise and creativity..!!
dadautube (27 days ago)
where does the income from selling the ore go to: people of Mauritania? (oops: was that a forbidden question? would i be blocked if i ask such a question in Facebook perhaps?) :D
dadautube (1 day ago)
+ardy suryo or ask it in Facebook and similar websites as well regardless of the government in charge! (most of them, websites AND governments, related and run by the CIA btw! things are a changin' in the Free World as well my friend, but certainly not for better!) ;-)
John Smith (2 days ago)
How did those people ship their fish with no Ice and coolers across that 40C desert?
ardy suryo (27 days ago)
Thought the same. You would be in jail if you ask this question to government in some countries
Old Maharlika TV (28 days ago)
The beautiful dessert is like Abraham's time (ancient Israelite)
Mechanical Hub (28 days ago)
Wow this is engineering
Sajid Salmani (28 days ago)
Salute to men like Malik, they strive so hard for a living, we should be very grateful when we live in big cities and every available comfort is at our door step
Sanjay Kumar (29 days ago)
the description font should have been biger ...
Andrew Torres (29 days ago)
Reminds me of Needles, CA
uidesignerhub (29 days ago)
Huge respect..
omfriend (29 days ago)
Sound is so hauntingly awesome
Aditya kapoor (29 days ago)
If there were no Muslims in Middle East then I would have surely visited the Sahara ! It's still my dream of going around Sahara☺️🚩🇮🇳
John Smith (2 days ago)
Just imagine a beach but with no shoreline. What you see is what you get.
Tuco Benedicto Pacifico Juan Maria Ramirez (28 days ago)
Make sure to bring a bag full of deodorants to keep your armpits odor free. 🤢
atx (28 days ago)
Uh. Bhai koee farak nai padega tu aabi gaya toh bhi. (Keep your mind clean. Don't pre judge people)
Amersiraz Uddin (29 days ago)
Are u stupid because of people like u their is no peace
Kenny Karuga (30 days ago)
Mad Max: The Iron Horse
sreenath achar (30 days ago)
Thanks NGC to show In depth of each and every part of the World .
zak_ or_zach (30 days ago)
I know it's Rhian Sheehan, but very much sound like Solar Fields.
Manjit Gogoi (30 days ago)
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.
Alvslife (30 days ago)
I need to find more films like this one, dear reader if you know any please leave the names in the comments
Greg Thistlethwaite (30 days ago)
Beautiful cinematography. Amazing story. Thank you.
Partha Nath (1 month ago)
MrBigT (1 month ago)
I would actually watch a full length movie shot in this style
Hadia Ahmed (1 month ago)
Christopher cross this sahara desert.
DEV KISHAN (1 month ago)
Yar hindi me btate to Or mja aata
Curiosi Tea (1 month ago)
I like this style of documentary. Not dramatized, just simply and beautifully done.
P D (1 month ago)
On one part of the world is FAT and one part of the world is LEAN and SKINNY... Bitter truth...
Peet Venter (1 month ago)
very nice video thanks
Jeet Prakash (1 month ago)
I don't really like videos without vocals (and just the text to read), but the combined effect of videography and background music is simply powerful. It is really one of the best I have ever watched!!
Ben Baxter (1 month ago)
Looks like a videogame lore.
My Name (1 month ago)
I live how boring this is
iNTERS22 (1 month ago)
The cinematography is just wow
Arunkrishnan Sakthikumar (1 month ago)
Such an amazing video. Thank you. :)
Mauritanian KID (1 month ago)
Why i’m crying lol
Faiz Tech (1 month ago)
Syed Abdurrahman (1 month ago)
What is the name of the soundtrack??
gerza71 (1 month ago)
Beautiful and hard.
Sayeed Hossain (1 month ago)
Do you like Mars? Do you want to go there? Just go to the heart of the desert - Sahara!
Tasty Tinfoil (1 month ago)
How many camels a year does it kill?
Kishan KY (1 month ago)
This is incredibly beautiful...Probably one of the most beautiful things I have watched on Youtube... Thank You Nat Geo...
SURAJ M JADHAV (1 month ago)
This is so depressing.
Hari Haran (1 month ago)
I love nat geo always
Delta Beta (1 month ago)
Why waste money on a narrator when you can just type the words! You should change your name to cheapscape geography
IamDeepak Kapse (1 month ago)
@3:02 who stole his wristwatch?
Vsatyk (1 month ago)
Makes me want to raid that train.
yo Alex (1 month ago)
Yeah I know, poor Africans and all but dang I was bored watching this.
Fangornmmc (1 month ago)
lovely images but there is a lot of artifacting in the sound.
Infernal Sa (1 month ago)
reminds me of the desert level in Metro Exodus
Jean Luc Picasso (1 month ago)
i dont like all the artsy fartsy stuff just get to the point and impress me with facts
David Rich (1 month ago)
Wont have fish for long...
Jsaas Pino (1 month ago)
شي جميل يعطيكم الف عافيه....
Daniel Engle (1 month ago)
This short film is incredibly well produced.
Patrick Romo (1 month ago)
It's like the best looking Mad Max sequel. Fascinating
Andy Hale (1 month ago)
8:10 - Chuck Norris' Mauritanian cousin?
Eric Paul Goldie (1 month ago)
Next level cinematography, amazing audio production and fantastic editing, a brilliant video!
Smumpism (1 month ago)
Meet Swampletics. My Mauritania locked ultimate ironman.
Internet Internet (1 month ago)
lol, the memes are everywhere...
trevor lyle (1 month ago)
didn't like this at all,
BillyThe Kid (1 month ago)
Iron ore keeps flowing no matter what. Nothing stops this train. Nothing!
Umesh Shinde (1 month ago)
Yeah. Keep digging. Everybody's digging. We will crumble mother earth and end it before sun does or any comet hits us.