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Nature & Environment

Tales From the End of the World

Antartica. The glaciers and the mystery of this far-away and unknown land have always given cause to dream. And yet, Antarctica is not hospitable to people. Antarctica is beyond human norm. Its winds are super powerful, its temperatures the lowest in the world, its glaciers are fearsome. With my film crew I sailed aboard the Admiral Viel, a Chilean Navy icebreaker, for an exceptional voyage to the white continent. We had the good fortune and the dazzling experience of encountering the wild life, of sharing the lives of the sailors and scientists living in the most total isolation, surrounded by Nature at its most sublime. To see and to understand the...

The Austral road

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...