An 8.5% of the surface area of Los Rios Region in southern Chile is made up of wetlands. Around the city of Valdivia, the presence of wetlands is particularly dense and some areas today are national monuments. A wetland is an ecosystem that is sometimes divided at the surface, but which constitutes a networked ecological continuum. Thus, to alter a part of the wetland is to modify the whole ecosystem. Promoting the convergence of different organizations, the Austral Garden program proposes an aerial route over the geography and natural environment where Universidad Austral de Chile is located. The purpose is that scientists and researchers can share their studies and reflections to spread the importance of wetlands, as well as showing the mutation of this natural eco-system.
Project Credits / Acknowledgements
Universidad Austral’s Rio Cruces Wetlands Center
Director. Adrián Silva Pino
Imagen and montage: Jorge Pérez de Arce
Anthropologist and documentary filmmaker Adrián Silva is director of the Audiovisual Anthropology Lab and the Valdivia Anthropology Documentary Program MUDAV (UACh). His works include the documentaries “La Recompensa de Dios” (2001), “De Regreso a Rapa Nui” (2004) and the fiction “La Capital” (2010), among others.
Jorge Pérez de Arce is director of photography. He has worked with national filmmakers on prominent television fiction series. In Valdivia he has worked on the image and montage of feature films, short films and a documentary TV series.