TUPUNGATO - empathy in death

Tupungato - empathy in death, follows Rafael Pease’s six year obsession of visibilizing a threatened area. A winter expedition to the highest peak, Volcan Tupungato 21,555ft, evolves into a fight for conservation. In hopes of creating a national park, containing 340,000acres in one of the worlds biodiversity hotspots, as well as a significant source of water for 40% of Chile’s population. Interviews with renowned scientists and activists unveil a web of corruption in the government and multinational corporations, stemming from imperial religion and a dictators constitution. This explosive film is set against the backdrop of historic protests, as the people of Chile rise up for social and environmental rights.

  • Rafael Pease
    Yugen, Korovadu, SOMOS
  • Rafael Pease
    Yugen, Korovadu, SOMOS
  • Daniel Tomasello
    Korovadu, Un Like De Navidad, Andes lee i escribe, Tupungato, SOMOS
  • Alberto Martinez
    Sound Design
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    TUPUNGATO - empatia en la muerte
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Feature
  • Genres:
    Documentary, Activism, Adventure, Chile, Foreign, Political, Environmental, Conservation
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 14 minutes 32 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 15, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    50,000 USD
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  • Language:
    English, Spanish
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Director Biography - Rafael Pease

Rafael Pease is a 28 year old Chilean filmmaker who uses his backgrounds in environmental sciences, social rights activism and career as a professional snowboard mountaineer to create forward thinking documentaries. With the goal to educate and create change in every documentary and project he creates, while giving a voice to marginalized communities and accurately depicting the science and importance of threatened areas.

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Director Statement

Tupungato: Empathy in Death, is a documentary I have poured my soul into. A large part of who I am as a person is in this film, and this film is a large part of who I am as a person. My goals for this documentary aren't winning awards or making money, its to visibilize the realities we are facing as humans in exploited regions of the world, not only in my home of Chile but in all places, as it is all connected.