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.
Documentary, 43 minutes.
Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, Germany 2017
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:
Chief Editor ZDF: Günter Myrell
First broadcast ZDF 21.5.2018
NaturVision Ludwigsburg 2018