Combining our love for free flowing rivers, telling stories through film and an insatiable itch to explore, our group of expedition paddlers and filmmakers will journey to Patagonia to immerse ourselves in some of Chile’s largest and most spectacular river valleys. Along the way we will document our adventure with the goal of sharing a unique look into the struggle between energy development and the preservation of the regions watersheds.
HidroAysén is a hydroelectric proposal which, if completed, would place five massive dams on the Baker and Pascua Rivers in the Aysen region of Patagonia. The electricity would be carried north via 1,500 miles of transmission lines, clear-cutting 1,000 miles of old-growth forest in the process. Once the transmission lines are in place, no river from the Aysen region to Santiago would be safe from hydro-development.
The film will follow our group of adventurers as we investigate the proposal to dam these rivers, including the economic, ecologic and cultural impacts it will have, as well as alternatives and the movement to stop the dams. The crew will paddle the Futaleufu, Baker and many more of Chile’s finest whitewater rivers along the way. The Futaleufu and Baker are considered some of the best big water rivers in the world, on par with the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon in the United States and the Zambezi River in Africa.
Our team will produce an online journal during the trip, a three part web series and a short length documentary film. We hope this combination will inform viewers about the most current hydro-development situation, and further inspire them to take action through a visually stunning adventure in one of the last truly wild places on earth. It’s not too late to join the resistance and keep these rivers free!
The title of this project is Somos Del Rio, which roughly translates to, “We are of the River.” Rivers are the lifeblood of our world. We need healthy, free flowing rivers to provide the freshwater that sustains us, so in this way we are all, of the river.