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Film Premieres at Mountainfilm On Tour

Futaleufu, Chile. November 2017

Last week, Futaleufu launched the new tourism season for 2017/2018. Kicking things off was the 2nd Mountainfilm on Tour, a premiere film festival begun in Telluride, Colorado. The festival brought us inspiring stories of life, outdoor sports, and the wonders nature gives us, letting us know there are no limits when passion pushes us onward. In Futaleufu, Mountainfilm was organized by the Town of Futaleufú in conjunction with SERNATUR, the Los Lagos Regional Government, FitzRoya Media House and PATA.

This version of the festival not only included sports and mountains, but thanks to the effort, work and love that unites us to our great river we also had the honor of witnessing two premieres based on stories of local residents who have built their lives around the great Futaleufú.

It all started with the first chapter of a series of shorts through the “Amplifying Voices of Patagonia” program, developed by Fundación Futaleufú Riverkeeper with the support of Patagonia Inc. In Chapter One, Jaime Sandoval Quintui, a young promising kayaker, tells us how the various curves of his life fortuitously led him into becoming a rafting guide, traveling the world and in so doing sharing the message of protecting our territory. You can follow Jaime’s travels here.

Next up, we had the opportunity to see the premiere of Futaleufu: A River Calling, a Chilean/Brazilian production by FitzRoya Media House and collaborators. The film mixes in poetry to give voice to our river, in turn the significance of the lives of two residents. Mr. Benedicto Diocaretz (better known as “Don Beni”) is well-known for his hospitality and his desire to teach people who visit his home in the Las Escalas Sector through endless agrotourism experiences, along with sharing yerba mate and a rich spread of local foods. Also profiled is Pedro “Peter” Fernández, a reputable rafting guide who uses his cataraft to seek out and gather building materials offered by nature and molded by the river, carefully using them to give new life to logs and abandoned fenceposts through his inefable talents as a carpenter.

In this manner, within the larger framework of Mountainfilm, more than 800 locals and visitors enjoyed and shared their love and passion for our planet. This is a place we inhabit, but we know we are only passing through, and we must take care to be responsible so that those who come afterwards can enjoy it too.