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Construction of a Town| 1hr : 26mins
Director: Nestor Frenkel | Producer: Sofia Mora
Focus Years: 2007 | Country: Argentina
Subject Tags: americas, argentina, housing, migration, resources
Quality Tags: Optimistic, Slow, Activating, Harmonizing
This documentary tells the peculiar and paradoxical story of Federación, a small Argentine town that was demolished and flooded during the late seventies, and its inhabitants compulsively moved to a “New Town” because of the building of the Salto Grande dam. Today, almost 30 years later, Federación is visited by thousands of tourists. It’s not due to the exploitation of their touching story or because of the remains of the old town that appear when the waters of the lake come down, but because of the underground thermal waters discovered during the 1990s. Like they always repeat, almost like a prayer: “what the waters drifted from us, they brought along”. “Construction of a Town” portrays in an original, emotive and with a humorist touch, the actual protagonists of this story, characters that struggle whether to recover the past or to leave it behind for good. Through interviews and homemade movies of that time, this documentary invites us to wonder about identity, memory, progress and the history of Argentina.

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