While in Patagonia in the summer of 2012, Bridget and Dani met Javier Vera, a 20-year-old, third generation gaucho living in the Aysen region of Chilean Patagonia, where conservation-based tourism is now being implemented as a model to conserve the region’s wild lands.
While maintaining a traditional gaucho lifestyle, Javier works as a tour guide and also helps regenerate land that has deteriorated significantly due to agricultural use by previous generations of gauchos. Javier is not tempted by the lure of a faster paced lifestyle and instead believes strongly in the joy and beauty of rural life. El Campo es Vida (The Country is Life) is a portrait of a young man living a dichotomous life in one of the world’s last remaining truly wild places.

El Campo es Vida was selected as a finalist for the 2013 Banff Mountain Film Festival, the 2014 Wild & Scenic Film Festival and the 2014 Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival.

Director: Bridget Besaw
Audio: Daniel Casado
Editing: Tahria Sheather
Music: Takenobu

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