Directors Patricio and Juan Carlos Bustamante (brothers) follow the Maule River in Chile from its northern origins until it enters the sea, and tell the tale of the history that moved along its waters and across its banks. The river marked the southernmost boundary of the Incas, and for 200 years, the Araucan native Americans fought the Spaniards, not allowing them past the Maule in south central Chile. Today, peasants work the land along the river in much the same way as always, and their activities and culture are one of the best-observed aspects of the documentary, along with the stunning scenery itself. Less successful aspects are views of the cities along the way, and talks with a local historian.
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