Film & culture

Living Atlas Chile, new online mini-documentary series released

With brief films taken everywhere from deep in Patagonia to Chile’s northern deserts, the Fundacíon Imagen de Chile’s new documentary series promises to go viral.

Thursday, February 14, 2013 Category: Daily life
Excerpts from Living Atlas Chile video, “The Spirit of Surfing.” Courtesy of the Fundación Imagen de Excerpts from Living Atlas Chile video, “The Spirit of Surfing.” Courtesy of the Fundación Imagen de Chile.

 

Living Atlas Chile, an exciting project spearheaded by the Fundación Imagen de Chile, just launched their new website.
 
This interactive site features 49 mini-documentaries. Each short films hones in on one particular Chilean or group of Chileans involved in some unique and exciting endeavor—children in Arica learning to surf, cheese-makers in southern Chile, kite flyers in Valparaíso, competitive rowers in Valdivia, or students learning Andean dances in Iquique.
 
The crowning video of the collection, entitled 3,201 miles across Chile, unites all the films that follow by offering a ten-minute journey across all of Chile from Arica to Punta Arenas in fast motion.
 
Each video serves as a window—a brief but intimate look into the lives of those pictured, revealing something profound and specific.
 
Living Atlas Chile emerged from the concept of an atlas itself as defined by the Spanish Wikipedia.
 
“An atlas is a compendium of knowledge about a territory, about the changes human activity has produced within it, and about the relation between intelligence, will and nature,” the definition reads. “It is, definitively, a mirror of the country.”
 
Living Atlas Chile seeks to be exactly that mirror, reflecting the diversity, ingenuity, and curiosity of Chile’s residents.
 
In a country so often thought of in terms of its incredible landscapes—the sublime Torres del Paine in Patagonia, the surreal visages of the Atacama Desert, or its many picturesque snow-capped volcanoes, lakes and rivers—the Fundación Imagen de Chile hopes to encourage the public eye both within Chile and abroad to look in another direction.
 
“Natural landscapes in Chile are so powerful that they have been pushed to the forefront,” Blas Tomic, Executive Director of the Fundacíon Imagen de Chile wrote in an online description of the project. “[There is] little room for those abroad to appreciate Chile’s human factor, one that is just as rich and exciting.”
 
All 49 mini-documentaries are available for viewing on the new website. They are available both in Spanish and with English subtitles.

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