Patagonia Rising


Patagonia Rising

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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. -- (C) First Run

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Critic Reviews for Patagonia Rising

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (5)

  • 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.

    Jun 8, 2012 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • A beautifully filmed and patiently explained assessment of a proposal to build five hydroelectric dams in the Patagonia region of Chile.

    Jun 8, 2012 | Rating: 3/5
  • 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.

    Jun 7, 2012 | Full Review…

    Mark Jenkins

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  • Recent newspaper coverage will provide more context, and will take up 80 fewer minutes of your time.

    Jun 5, 2012 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • Elicits the combination of rage and helplessness (and guilty wanderlust) unique to the genre with admirable thoroughness and balance.

    Jun 5, 2012 | Full Review…
  • A documentary that makes a good case against the building of five large dams in Chile designed to make a profit for European investors.

    Aug 21, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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