Video: Teaser III for a Film About Dam Projects That Threaten Chilean Patagonia


Written by: Phil Monahan

Back in late December, we posted a gorgeous trailer for an upcoming film about fly fishing and conservation in the mountains of Patagonia. Then we posted a second trailer for the same cause. Above, you’ll find a third, this one focusing on some of the amazing river and stillwater fly-fishing for trout in the region.

The film is an attampt to call attention to a conservation crisis in Chile. At issue is a massive hydroelectric project that would dam some of the region’s most pristine watersheds. Here’s a brief description of the struggle being waged:

HidroAysén is a $3 to $4 billion hydroelectric scheme that, if fully realized, would build five massive dams by 2020 in the Aysén region of Chilean Patagonia. Two would go on the Baker River, three more on the Pascua—along with 1,500 miles of transmission lines.
The dams would capture the furious turquoise flow emanating from the two largest ice caps outside Greenland and Antarctica to spin turbines for electricity. The transmission lines would run north, held by towers more than 200 feet high. Following a winding corridor almost 400 feet wide, a thousand miles of forest would be clear-cut and the rest of the corridor’s path similarly cleared. The corridor would intersect 64 communities and 14 protected areas. It would divide endangered forests and some of Chile’s most spectacular national parks.

You can read more about the issues at the Sin Represas website. But first, watch this gorgeous film at full-screen and in high-definition to see what is at stake. (And do so quickly, before someone representing AC/DC finds out about the killer soundtrack.)

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