Ended on 6/21/2012

PATAGONIA RISING -  (unrated)

2011 - Chile, USA - English, Spanish (with English subtitles) - 88 minutes - First Run Features

Directed by: Brian Lilla


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Over the past century more than 45,000 large dams have redefined river corridors around the globe with disastrous results. Descending the Baker River from the Northern Patagonia Ice-cap to its terminus at the Pacific Ocean, Patagonia Rising investigates a controversial plan to build five large hydroelectric dams in Chile's famed wilderness. Stopping off at Patagonia's most remote frontier ranches, this engaging story brings voice to the iconic South American cowboys, Gauchos, caught in the crossfire of future energy demands. Chile could become a leader in sustainable energy development, or it could continue down the road to squandering the pure watersheds of Patagonia. Juxtaposing the pro-dam business sector with renewable energy experts, Patagonia Rising brings intimate awareness to this global conflict over water and power.

"Intelligent. Weighs the environmental and cultural impact of five massive hydroelectric dams proposed for Chile's Patagonia region....Awe-inspiring footage of spectacular lands at South America's southernmost tip introduce the gauchos, loggers and other residents whose ways of life have barely changed over centuries, particularly since no roads or power lines connect many ranches."
- Dennis Harvey, Variety


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Posted by : Craig Date Added: 6/14/2012 1:45:17 AMreport this post 
I recently cycle toured through the Aysen region that is the subject of the film. It was truly stunning, seeing this film should plant a seed to inspire you to visit the region. The film offers moving context on the way of life there, and I learned many things that I was not able to glean from the polarized opinions we experienced there. It also puts the project in perspective and helps you to understand what piece it plays in the broader energy and economic picture that Chile faces now and in the future.

Posted by : Starboy. Efizy Date Added: 6/17/2012 2:16:09 AMreport this post 
I want to join u guys in the industry pls.

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