Argentina 2017, 67 min, Spanish, Hebrew & English subtitles
The residents of the Argentine village of El Dorado don’t believe in doctors. In fact, each of them has his or her own specialties and methods for curing ailments. They do not charge for their services, and their methods include frogs, ropes, incantations and energies transmitted from a distance. But there is one affliction none of them are willing to treat: Espanto, the Dread. When it strikes there are only two ways to help the afflicted (usually women): to mount a joint rescue operation or—if all else fails—go to Jorge, the mysterious grumpy old man who lives across the bridge and uses strange methods that are best kept quiet.
The villagers of El Dorado show and tell their stories, sharing their worldviews, rumors and village gossip.
Previous Festivals:IDFA, Krakow Film Festival, Zagreb Dox, DocPoint - Helsinki
Production: Mayra Bottero
Production Company: Machita
Editing: Anita Remón
Cinematography: Fernando Lorenzale
Martin Benchimol and Pablo Aparo directed two documentary feature films. The first, "The River People" (2012) was premiered at DOK Leipzig and competed in the International Film Festival in Guadalajara, International Festival of Lima, New Zealand Film Festival, among many others. "The Dread" (2017) was premiered internationally at IDFA in the mid length films competition, where it won the IDFA AWARD for the best film.