“Even if it is a multinational I would exchange the entire Montedison company for a firefly”.

Pier Paolo Pasolini

In 1981, Pinochet privatized almost all of Chile’s water resources and in the following thirty years the rights to their water were sold to large companies and corporations for producing hydroelectric power. Now the construction of five large dams on the Pascua and Baker rivers is threatening Chilean Patagonia.

 

Like Fireflies tells the stories of three women whose lives either have been devastated or will be badly affected by the construction of the dams and who, although they are hundreds of miles apart from each other, try to resist the corporate giant that is about to crush them and destroy their land by brutally imposing a conception of progress that they do not share.

The film deals with a number of issues such as global policies for energy and the environment, the plundering of natural resources and the privatization of public assets, especially that of water. Some fundamental questions are posed about our present and viewers are shown the disastrous consequences that a corporate model of progress can have on the lives of people who may be very far from each other geographically and very different socially.

Berta, a character from Like fireflies