Portrait of Pioneer



Direction, script, production & acting

Isabel Burr Raty

Financed by

Chilean Audiovisual Fund

Co-Produced by

Sacrofims, Wallonie Bruxelles in Chile, Zoo Films, El Aura Multimedia

2010 / 60 min / HD

After ambitious colonizers massacred the indigenous communities that lived in Chilean Patagonia, the door to inhabit these lands was opened. Today, the adventurous people that settled in these territories face the threats of the construction of a hydroelectric dam in the most affluent river of the world: Baker River. Doña Marina Verdugo, a pioneer lady living on the exuberant bank of this river, since 1920, shares her extreme life experiences with a mask actress, moments before her death. The actress' urge to immortalize the wisdom of the old lady and  other women that she encountered in this isolated part of the world, inspire her to create a mask play and perform for the local people that have never seen theatre before.

Awarded Best Documentary Patagonia Aysen Film Festival 2010, Chile

Editing Isabel Burr Raty & Nicolás Venegas Direction of Photography Antonio Quercia Post-Production & Special Effects El Aura Multimedia - Lucas Triboulard Sound Design Zoofilms - Cristián Freund Post-Production & Color Correction Álvaro Asela Animation Design Samuel Restucci 67 mins / Chile / 2010


Sponsors Spanish Cultural Center in Chile / ACCA of CONAMA Aysén Region / Theater  Lastárrea 90 / Municipalities of: Chile Chico, Cochrane, Caleta Tortel, Villa O’Higgins, Puerto Tranquilo anf Puerto Ibáñez / Governement of Coyhaique Province / Governement of Chile Chico Province / Pan Semilla / Vinos Bouchon / Mar Patagonia / SERNAM XI Region / National Council for Culture and the Arts XI Aysén Region /  Balmaceda Arte Joven 


Subtitles English & French

International Distribution UC Canal 13, Chile Contact Adriana Weber


READ Le monde diplomatique article by Pedro Celedón (PHD Contemporay Art.  UCC professor)



Portrait of Pioneer



Concept & production Isabel Burr Raty

Photographer Gaspar Cabrera
Financed by
The Council of Culture and Arts of Chile XI Region / Local Government of the Coyhaique / Local Government of Chile Chico / Municipalities: Puerto Ibáñez, Chile Chico, Cochrane, Caleta Tortel and Villa O’Higgins /  Costa Carrera Corporation / Mar Patagonia

Sponsored by

Hosteria Patagonia, Chile-Chico / Raicer Restaurant, Coyhaique / Radios: Puerto Ibáñez, Chile Chico, Cochrane, Tortel, Villa O´higgins / Escuelas de: Villa O´higgins, Puerto Guadal, Puerto Tranquilo / Residencial La Central, Pto. Guadal / Transportes ECA, Pto. Guadal / Cabañas el Mirador de Playa Guadal / Supermercado Plaza, Pto. Guadal / Carmen Alegría, Patricio Astudillo y Andrés Muñoz

After having won Patagonia Aysén Film Festival 2010, the film Portrait of Pioneer Women travels back to this region to screen the film in the villages of the Austral Highway.


The audiences where invited door to door and by the local radios. Copies of the film were donated to local libraries and schools and given as a present for the people that participated in the film.

The towns in which the film was screened:

Puerto Ibañez, Chile Chico, Puerto Bertrand, Cochrane, Caleta Tortel, Villa O´higgins, Guadal, Puerto Tranquilo, Barrio Quinta Burgos en Coyhaique, La Junta and Puerto Aysén.

In site Patagonia film tour production and

screenings photographs

Selection of the photographs given to the people that attended the film's screenings