Auf Straße 7 ins Herz Patagoniens

/On Route 7 into the Heart of Patagonia

Construction in the south of Chile is on-going for decades: A highway is blasted with brute force into the impassable landscape of Patagonia. One of the last natural paradises left on earth is seized by a stubborn urge for conquest – what are the consequences for people and nature in this region?

Chile’s Route 7 or Carretera Austral is meant to connect the centre of the country with its southern tip.For almost 50 years construction is in progress and yet the project is far from completion. On Chile`s narrow territory the way south is blocked by rainforest, steep mountains, fjords and a huge ice field. 

The road brings transformation into Patagonia’s wilderness. The documentary explores these changes through personal accounts of people living and working in the region – among them a retired general from Augusto Pinochet’s military junta, a Chilean cowboy, descendants of German settlers and other residents with fascinating stories about life along the Carretera Austral.

Complete film (in German) in ZDF Mediathek --->

Documentary, 43 minutes.
Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, Germany 2017

Language: german


Script & Directed by Johannes Preuss, Malte Schumacher

Assistance: Christian Franke

Camera: Johannes Preuss

Boom operators: Christian Franke, Malte Schumacher, Julius Sturm

Editor Filmakademie: Manuel Sosnowski

Editor ZDF: Dietmar Deisler

Music: Max Clouth

Animated maps: Richard Sako, Markus Tanz

Still picture editing: Timm Völkner

Color correction: Iris Rosendorn

Sound mix ZDF: Marcus Wüst

Narration voice: Jo Jung

Voice-over: Helge Sidow

Line producer Filmakademie: Thomas Lechner

Line producer ZDF: Cora Szielasko

Supervising lecturer Filmakademie: Mario Damolin

Project supervisor Fernsehjournalismus:

Konstantin Schenk

Chief Editor ZDF: Günter Myrell


First broadcast ZDF 21.5.2018 ​


NaturVision Ludwigsburg 2018