Published on 11th June 2015

La Ultima Mirada

  • The Pengue Dam in the Alto Bio Bio Region. Mapuche communities have been displaced far up in the mountain in order to build it.

  • Carmen Luisa Quintreman, Mapuche, doesn't know her age. Her sisters Nicolasa and Berta fought against the construction of the Pengue dam in the Alto BioBio, but couldn't stop it. The communities were relocated. One morning Carmen found her sister Nicolasa floating in the waters of the dam whose construction she tried to prevent her whole life. Anyone knows the real circumstances of her life.

  • Horses in the Patagonia. The chilean Patagonia is one of the biggest nature reserves worldwide. For "Hydroaysen" the construction of five dams is planned, two on the Baker River and three on the Pascuas River.

  • Maria feeds Tomás, her grandson. Tomás' mother died a year ago, there wasn't enough medical attention in the Patagonia to save her. Hector Vargas, 40, is the husband of Maria's other daughter. Her nice can't walk due to a bone sickness, they take her everywhere, even on the boat, with her wheelchair. Gustavo, 12, is the youngest son of Don Ramón, a gaucho of the chilean Patagonia.

  • "La Patagonia" seen through early morning fog on a bus window. The chilean Patagonia is one of the biggest nature reserves worldwide. For "Hydroaysen" the construction of five dams is planned, two on the Baker River and three on the Pascuas River.

  • Gustavo, 12, is the youngest son of Ramón Sierra, a gaucho in the chilean Patagonia. They live close to Lake Betrand, where the Baker River has it's spring. The construction of Hydroaysen will change the environment, tranquility will be gone, new workers will come and their life change forever.

  • A car on it's way to Puerto Bertrand. The chilean Patagonia is one of the biggest nature reserves worldwide. For "Hydroaysen" the construction of five dams is planned, two on the Baker River and three on the Pascuas River.

  • Sun rises next to where the Baker River and Nef River float together and one of the dams is planned to be constructed.

  • Gustavo, 12, is the youngest son of Ramón Sierra, a gaucho in the chilean Patagonia. They live close to Lake Betrand, where the Baker River has it's spring. The construction of Hydroaysen will change the environment, tranquility will be gone, new workers will come and their life change forever. Gustavo and his family slaughtered a young cow of their livestock.

  • The snow covered mountain top. The chilean Patagonia is one of the biggest nature reserves worldwide. For "Hydroaysen" the construction of five dams is planned, two on the Baker River and three on the Pascuas River.

  • Hector Vargas and his son. Hector cleans the skin of the recently slaughtered cow to use it in order to make ropes for saddles and horses while his son cuts parts of the meat inside the house.

  • Hector's wife pulls a cow to the coast of Lake Bertrand to transport it to the other shore.

  • The Pengue Dam in the Alto Bio Bio Region. Mapuche communities have been displaced far up in the mountain in order to build it.

  • Carmen Luisas nephew plays football in the Alto BioBio. Winter is extremely hard, the snow shuts down any connection to other places. The inhabitants have to order their food for the next three month in order to survive. Promises by Endesa to build better houses were broken. Unemployment, alcoholism and loss of traditions has led to an alarming rise of suicide.

  • Hector Vargas and his family try to transport a cow and her calf in a boat to cross Lake Bertrand. The gauchos let the cattle during 5 days in order to bring them to other feeding grounds, sleeping outside at temperatures under 0°.

  • Stars in the patagonian sky

  • A woman outside of a huge shopping complex in Puerto Montt, the entrance to the chilean Patagonia.

  • The chilean Patagonia is one of the biggest nature reserves worldwide. For "Hydroaysen" the construction of five dams is planned, two on the Baker River and three on the Pascuas River.

La Ultima Mirada

Social Issues, Nature & Environment, Documentary

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  • chile
  • environment
  • water
  • natural ressource
  • dam
  • represa
  • patagonia
  • horse
  • mountain
  • nature