Patagonia Rising (2012)
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Critic Reviews for Patagonia Rising
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.
A beautifully filmed and patiently explained assessment of a proposal to build five hydroelectric dams in the Patagonia region of Chile.
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.
Recent newspaper coverage will provide more context, and will take up 80 fewer minutes of your time.
Elicits the combination of rage and helplessness (and guilty wanderlust) unique to the genre with admirable thoroughness and balance.
Audience Reviews for Patagonia Rising
While many critics find this rather slow and not necessarily interesting, it's a documentary that looks at the a critical issue of our time: free flowing rivers versus the need for power. It's not meant to entertain, it's meant to educate and it does so very well. It is not one-sided, it captures the opinions of people both for and against the dams. To truly understand this issue, you have to see the areas and the people that will be impacted by the construction of the dams and transmission lines. This documentary does that very well. Indeed, it showcases the beauty of the region and accurately portrays the impacts of the project.
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