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Patagonia Rising (2012)



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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
Action & Adventure , Documentary , Western
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Carla Wilkins
as Narrator
Carla Wilkins
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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.

Full Review… | June 8, 2012
New York Post
Top Critic

A beautifully filmed and patiently explained assessment of a proposal to build five hydroelectric dams in the Patagonia region of Chile.

June 8, 2012
New York Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | June 7, 2012
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | June 5, 2012
Time Out
Top Critic

Elicits the combination of rage and helplessness (and guilty wanderlust) unique to the genre with admirable thoroughness and balance.

Full Review… | June 5, 2012
Village Voice
Top Critic

A documentary that makes a good case against the building of five large dams in Chile designed to make a profit for European investors.

Full Review… | August 21, 2012
Spirituality and Practice

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.

Scott L
Scott L

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