Patagonia Rising
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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… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 50%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Recent newspaper coverage will provide more context, and will take up 80 fewer minutes of your time."
‑ R. Emmet Sweeney, Time Out New York
"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."
‑ Brent Simon,
"While it might be silly to fault the doc for stopping short of a call to action for North American audiences, the lack of one turns the viewer into a powerless bystander."
‑ Joseph Jon Lanthier, Slant Magazine
"A beautifully filmed and patiently explained assessment of a proposal to build five hydroelectric dams in the Patagonia region of Chile."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"Elicits the combination of rage and helplessness (and guilty wanderlust) unique to the genre with admirable thoroughness and balance."
‑ Mark Holcomb, Village Voice
"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."
‑ Louis Proyect,
"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."
‑ Mark Jenkins, NPR
"A documentary that makes a good case against the building of five large dams in Chile designed to make a profit for European investors."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"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."
‑ Maria Garcia, Film Journal International
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