The Austral road

2010 • 51' • French, English & Spanish

Poster of The Austral road

Director(s): Emilio Pacull • Producer(s): Grand Angle Productions • Coproducer(s): France Télévisions • Format(s): HD

Along the narrow strip between the Andean Cordillera and the Pacific Ocean, Chilean Patagonia is one of the last virgin territories on the planet. A territory of extremes, composed of vast spaces, volcanoes, fjords, wind and rain. Its official title is “The Austral Road”, but Chileans also call it “Route Seven”, the Chilean “National 7”. This road, which was built in the 70s, crosses Chilean Patagonia from North to South and covers nearly 1,000km. A source of progress for the inhabitants, this road has, paradoxically, weakened the regions it runs though and renders the future of Patagonian Chile uncertain. The proliferation of fish farming, the projects to construct a series of hydroelectric dams and climate change bring the looming threat of unpredictable consequences. A visit to the heart of one of the last virgin territories on the planet where the power of nature contrasts with the fragility of the ecology.

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