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.
- Brian Lilla
- Run Time
- 1 hour 28 minutes
A beautifully filmed and patiently explained assessment of a proposal to build five hydroelectric dams in the Patagonia region of Chile.Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, 06.07.2012
Elicits the combination of rage and helplessness (and guilty wanderlust) unique to the genre with admirable thoroughness and balance.Mark Holcomb, Village Voice, 06.05.2012
There's plenty here to interest eco-issues followers, but little to draw a larger audience. For all its global context, Patagonia Rising remains frustratingly local.Mark Jenkins, NPR, 06.07.2012
His is an important issue that needs to be discussed. But it will take more than this dry doc - best left to cable TV - to do the matter justice.V.A. Musetto, New York Post, 06.08.2012