El Campo es Vida - The Country is Life
USA, 10 minutes, 2013
Directed by Bridget Besaw
Screening: Life at The Top, Tue Feb 11 @ 7:30pm (doors 7:00pm)
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Javier believes strongly in the joy and beauty of rural life and calls on the viewer to nurture their connection with the natural world.
Javier Vera is a 20-year-old, third generation gaucho living in the Aysen region of Chilean Patagonia, a region that has deteriorated significantly due to agricultural use by previous generations of gauchos. While maintaining a traditional gaucho lifestyle, Javier works as a tour guide and also helps regenerate land with one of several conservation-based tourism initiatives that have been implemented in Patagonia as new models to conserve the region's wild lands.
Javier is not tempted by the lure of a faster paced lifestyle and instead believes strongly in the joy and beauty of rural life. This is a portrait of a young man living a dichotomous life in one of the world's last remaining truly wild places.
Bridget Besaw is on a life-long quest to evoke déjà vu. Her intention is to craft visual stories that serve as a rousting, yet romantic reminder of our collective instinct to care for the planet that sustains us. As a newspaper and magazine photographer Bridget won numerous national press awards for environmental stories for magazines such as Newsweek, Time, Forbes, Fortune, The New York Times, Business Week, Smithsonian, National Geographic Adventure and Nature Conservancy Magazine.
The subjects of her two photo books Wildness Within Wildness Without and From the Land serve as inspiration for her current film projects about wilderness preservation ethos and food sustainability with her production company, Seedlight Pictures. Bridget and Seedlight have partnered with Maine Farmland Trust, The Nature Conservancy, Maine Coast Heritage Trust, Patagonia, Patagonia Sur Foundation, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, NOAA, Blue Earth Alliance, Chewonki Foundation, The Kittredge Foundation, and The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Bridget’s work is supported by Leica Camera Company and is represented by Aurora Pictures. She is proud to be on the board of the leading cause-driven photography organization Blue Earth Alliance and the conservation organization Maine Woods Forever. To nurture the ever-growing genre, Bridget finds great fulfillment in teaching the conservation photography workshops that she developed for Maine Media Workshops and Leica Akademie North America.