Illicit Trade, Ep. 06 - Oriflama

Diego Breit Lira | Documentary, Series

2020 | 52 minutes | Chile

It is estimated that there are about two thousand shipwrecks on the coasts of Chile. This is the story of a battle for the treasures of one of them.


It is estimated that there are about two thousand shipwrecks on the coasts of Chile. Among them, historic records talk about a Spanish ship with cargo for the aristocracy in Peru that sank more than two centuries ago on the Maule coast. A group of treasure hunters claims to have found it, but the government wants to be the rightful owner of the 680 tons of valuable crystals, jewelry, and gold that remain sunk beneath the sea.

Series Description

There are no millenary mummies in Switzerland, the vicuñas do not live in New Zealand, and the Alerce does not grow in the United States. How did Chile’s most valuable cultural goods get there? Illicit Trade investigates the incredible theft of fossils, mummies, shipwrecks, meteorites, exotic animals, and endangered trees that have crossed continents to end up in the hands of wealthy collectors, scientific laboratories, and prestigious museums.

Main credits

Breit Lira, Diego (film director)
Guzmán Storey, David (researcher)
Sanhueza Melendez, Paulina (film producer)

Other credits

Cinematography, Francisca Saez Agurto; editor, León Grauer; music, Wesley Slover.

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DIRECTOR: Diego Breit Lira


YEAR: 2020

GENRE: Documentary, Series

LANGUAGE: English; Spanish; German; Other languages

COLOR / B&W: Color

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School, High School, College, Adults



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