A frontier story of water and culture, engineering and power, and the sustainable alternatives that could meet demands of a developing nation. This film captures the people, water and mountains of Patagonia’s pristine Rio Baker. A mega hydroelectric scheme threatens this vital corridor and Patagonia’s future hangs in the balance.
The film is investigates the hopeful solutions to Chile’s energy future while addressing the global need for clean water and free flowing rivers.
Steeped in literature and lore, Chilean Patagonia captures the imagination as the real land’s end, too far away to ever fall prey to the heavy machinery of the developing world. But there are changes afoot that may tip the balance of Patagonia’s unique culture, pristine habitat, and water resources.
Patagonia Rising investigates a multi-dam hydroelectric project slated for Patagonia’s rivers. With intimate access to the front lines of this controversy, the documentary examines the issues surrounding the proposed dams while seeking alternatives to meet Chile’s growing energy demand.
Brian Lilla, Director / Producer, is an award winning documentary director living in Napa, California. From 2008-2011 Lilla directed Patagonia Rising which investigated the impacts of a proposal to build five large scale dams in the heart of Patagonia, Chile. The film enjoyed an award winning festival run before it was released on Net-Flix, The Discovery Channel and other international television outlets. After an aggressive outreach campaign, Patagonia Rising informed and impacted the Chilean governments unanimous decision in 2013 to not build the proposed dams. Lilla now focuses attention on his local agricultural community crushed by pesticides and cancer.