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Illuminating social and environmental injustices, Tupungato: Empathy in Death, follows Rafael Pease’s four-year obsession of bringing awareness to this 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.


Run Time: ~75 minutes
Filmed: 2019-2020
Release: 2021
Filming Locations: Chile
Languages: English, Spanish
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Russian, Portuguese, Italian


Produced & Directed: Rafael Pease
Assistant Producer: Pablo Tapia
Principal Cinematography: Joonas Mattila
Additional Cinematography: Pedro Campos, Erich Roepke, Sergio Infante
Aerial Cinematography: Joonas Mattila, Erich Roepke, Sergio Infante
Photography: Greg Von Doersten, Erich Roepke
Editor: Daniel TomaselloOriginal Music: Felipe Cuadra
Sound Design & Mixing: Alberto “Tito” Martinez
Translator: Rafael Pease
Colorist: Daniel Tomasello
Graphic Design: Ingrid Céspedes
Featuring: Mauricio Purto, Sergio Infante, Fernanda Miranda, Jorge Perez, Andres Charrier, Pilar Valenzuela, Chris Moscoso, Fabian Jaksic, Marcos Contreras, Marcela Mella, Benito Gonzalez, Mary Kalin, Jurgen Rottmann, Gaston Rizos, Rafael Pease, Erich Roepke, Jeremy Anderson

Connections Movement

production collective