Illuminating social and environmental injustices, Tupungato: Empathy in Death, follows Rafael Pease’s four-year obsession of bringing awareness to a threatened area. A human powered winter expedition to snowboard mountaineer the highest point, Volcan Tupungato, evolves into a fight to create Tupungato National Park. As a significant source of fresh water this park would preserve over 140,000 hectares of mountains and glaciers outside his home of Santiago, Chile. Interviews with renowned scientists and activists unveil a complex web of corruption in both the Chilean government, and multinational corporations. This explosive film is set against the backdrop of historic protests, as the people of Chile rise up for social and environmental rights.
Tupungato National Park
The proposed area for Tupungato National Park is in the Andean High Steppe and a subregion of the Mediterranean Andes. This delicate region is under-represented in the National System of Protected Areas within Chile.
The area is 350,889 acres, with an additional 41,464 acres that will be eventually included, making a total of 392,353 protected acres. It is located only 43 miles from the heart of Santiago, Chile and easily accessible from all sides of the city.