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    ARTE FRANCE, Elephant

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    Worldwide (except Italy).

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    German, English, Spanish, French, Polish

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Within the gentle embrace of the Atacama’s hills, the Chilean desert holds a great treasure: the the largest deposit of saltpeter in the world. A prodigious fertilizer that was extremely popular in Europe 150 years ago. At the time, thousands of adventurers set out to conquer the "white gold".

From this epic tale, only ruins remain to tell us about the advent and fall of a micro-society. The Pampinos – desert convicts – had braved the wind and sun of the Atacama.