In a remote village in Argentina, home cures replace western medicine. Every disease is treated by neighbours except ‘the dread, a rare disease that attacks women and is only curable by an old man, whom no one is encouraged to visit. A strange microclimate of mysteries this is a world where religious beliefs, esotericism and harsh precepts about family are combined.
- Best Documentary - IDFA
- Special Jury Prize - FICG
- GEMA FILMS
- BERTA FILM
Martín Benchimol was born in Buenos Aires in 1985. He graduated from the degree of Image and Sound Design of the University of Buenos Aires (U.B.A.). He increased his knowledge on photography in the C. C. Rojas and on actors direction in workshops in the CEFOPRO (ENERC) with Eloisa Tarruela and María Alché. He teaches in the professorship of Photography Direction of the Image and Sound Design career. During 2008, his short film ÒGA was exhibit in different non-commercial spaces in Argentina and other countries. In 2009, his short film “Todos despiertos” competed in the Festival of Tandil. THE RIVER PEOPLE is the first feature length film he directed, finished in 2012. This proyect participated in the Doculab.4 Guadalajara 2012 in the context of the 27th FICG. Then, the film received the support of the Argentinean Cinema Institute (INCAA) and was premiered at DOK Leipzig 2012. His most recent documentary THE DREAD co-directed with Pablo Aparo screened at Sheffield DocFest 2018.
Pablo Aparo was born in 1986 in Buenos Aires. He graduated from the degree of Image and Sound Design of the University of Buenos Aires (U.B.A.). He also increased his knowledge on directing actors trough workshops in the CEFOPRO (ENERC) with Eloisa Tarruella and Lorena Vega. He worked in the sound studio of the record company EMI. In 2010 he edited and produced the short film LAS SUCIAS, which was part of the Official Selection at 10° BAFICI. As a director, he did the short film CARMELA and several music videos. Since 2011, he works as Assistant Director and Editor in the advertising area for the production company called Look & Feel. In 2012 he co-directed and co-produced the feature length film THE RIVER PEOPLE with Martin Benchimol. The film has received the support of INCAA and was premiered at DOK-Leipzig 2012. His most recent documentary THE DREAD co-directed with Martin Benchimo screened at Sheffield DocFest 2018.