ISABEL BURR RATY
Portrait of Pioneer
Direction, script, production & acting
Isabel Burr Raty
Chilean Audiovisual Fund
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
Portrait of Pioneer
Concept & production Isabel Burr Raty
Photographer Gaspar Cabrera
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
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.