May 6th 1937. The giant German airship Hindenburg nears the end of its transatlantic voyage as it approaches its final destination just outside New York. Suddenly, out of the blue disaster strikes. The pride of the German air industry explodes spectacularly into flames as it tries to moor. In a matter of seconds, the huge leviathan is consumed by fire. After travelling in ultimate luxury, dozens of passengers and crew are faced with a choice of death: to leap 200 feet from the doomed zeppelin, or to perish in the inferno.
The Hindenburg tragedy was a catastrophe that was as significant as the Titanic disaster. Until that fateful day, airships were seen as the upcoming way to travel in style, comfort and speed. After Hindenburg the dream of airship travel was dead forever.
HINDENBURG is a brooding and powerful drama-documentary that explores the iconic disaster against the strange world of the many characters who were aboard. It tells the Hindenburg's story from its launch to its final voyage and spectacular demise, and reveals the fatal flaw that led to its destruction. The film accompanies the characters as they set out on this infamous last trip, exploring the airship through their eyes and experiences.