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ReelEarth: Chile’s Dock of Souls

Posted on 10/30/2018 12:00:00 AM in What We’re Watching

A note from independent filmmaker David Conover on why he chose this film:

What happens when we die? The ancient Greeks tell the myth of the boatman Charon, who ferries souls across the river Styx to the afterworld; Chileans tell a story of four women-turned-whales who do the same across the ocean. On Chiloé Island, near the coast of southern Chile, a local version depicts souls who call out just before death to a single raftsman for passage. Cries of those who failed to catch a ride are said to echo along Chiloé’s west coast. In this ReelEarth Collection film, Noah Friedman-Rudovsky introduces Chilean sculptor Marcelo Orellana Rivera. Marcello has created an evocative outdoor sculpture, titled the “Dock of Souls” (Muelle de las Almas). Positioned high on Chiloé’s haunted western ocean cliffs, this wooden and weathered walkway curves like a snake out of the grass before its abrupt edge, where a spellbound visitor can sit and contemplate mortality and the distant open sea. A perfect place to experience a solitary art-trance, yet solitude is increasingly infrequent at the Dock of the Souls. During the summer months, 50,000 visitors walk the length of the pier. Islanders have also begun moving back to the region to benefit from a revitalized service economy. Exactly what is the attraction of the Dock? See for yourself, in this incredible film of island seascape, mythology, and a magnificent work of art.

Directed By Noah Friedman-Rudovsky

About David Conover:

David Conover, a long-term partner of O.A.T. and Grand Circle, is an award-winning filmmaker and conservationist whose work has appeared on Discovery Channel, PBS, and National Geographic Explorer. He is the founder of Compass Light Productions and the nonprofit Conservation Media Group, and was recently the Coastal Studies Scholar at Bowdoin College. Learn more about David here.

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