Patagonia Rising
Patagonia Rising (2012)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: July 17, 2012
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

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.

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R. Emmet Sweeney
Time Out

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

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Brent Simon

A well-meaning but dry and pedantic documentary, the movie doesn't do much to bring fire, passion or interest to this story outside of a demographic consisting of the most ardent environmentalists.

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

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

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Mark Holcomb
Village Voice

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

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Louis Proyect

A model of clarity about a topic of burning urgency, namely the threat that mega-dams poses to farmers and ranchers in Chile, and the planet overall.

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Mark Jenkins

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.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

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

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Maria Garcia
Film Journal International

Although director Brian Lilla is neither a compelling storyteller nor a journalist, he presents a passionate and cogent scientific argument against Chile's latest dam project in Patagonia Rising.

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