Costa Rica Entertainment – Mark Baldwin’s Hierro Tropical, or Tropical Iron, is being screened in the Magaly cinema. It provides a fascinating ride through the history of the train tracks in Costa Rica.
The American director is known for his work on series such as CSI: Miami, Ally McBeal and Law and Order. He has strong family ties to Costa Rica and lived in the country in the ‘70s. He had the experience of riding the train when it was in use. He enjoyed the views and the feel of train towns. He thought “how the hell did they make this railway?”
His research to answer the question in the form of a film began 7 years ago with the first interview. He funded the project himself and worked on it with his daughter for thousands of hours
Hierro Tropical reviews the life of Minor Keith and the story of the construction of the railroad to the Atlantic. The construction was intended to last 3 years but took 20. 4,000 men died. The film focuses on Keith, a controversial person in the history, and shows what was going on at the time in Costa Rica and with the railroad and the United Fruit Company.
The impressive film contains almost 700 old photographs, something that will attract a large audience.