In a remote village in Argentina, home cures replace western medicine. Every disease is treated by neighbors except El Espanto (the dread), a rare disease that attacks women and is only cured by an old man, whom no one is encouraged to visit.

In this village are born the evils and the antidotes, the mythologies, and their detractors. A strange microclimate is the niche of mysteries that prevents certainties about the dread. The characters introduce us to this world where religious beliefs, esotericism and harsh precepts about family are combined.



Directed byPablo Aparo, Martín Benchimol
Year / Duration2017 / 67'
A film byMACHITA and Gema Films
ScriptPablo Aparo, Martín Benchimol
Produced byMayra Bottero, Gema Juárez Allen
CinematographyMartín Benchimol, Fernando Lorenzale
SoundManuel de Andrés
EditingAnita Remón
Postproduction coordinatorGabriela Cueto
Color gradingAda Frontini
Poster Design Martín Lehmann
Suported byInstituto Nacional de Cine y Artes Audiovisuales (Argentina)


    • IDFA 2018 Official Competition – Best mid length Documentary Award
    • DocsBarcelona 2018
    • BAFICI, Buenos Aires, Argentina -​ Award for Best sound design
    • Festival Internacional del Nuevo Cine, La Habana, Cuba
    • Festival Internacional de Guadalajara, México
    • Doc Point Hensinki 2018, Finlandia
    • 14th Zagreb Dox, Croacia
    • CINÉLATINO 30èmes ​Recontres de Toulouse, Francia



Pablo Aparo


Martín Benchimol


Martin Benchimol (Bs As, 1985) and Pablo Aparo (Bs As, 1986) are designers of Image and Sound, UBA. “La gente del Río”, his first feature film was released at DOK Leipzig 2012, and then participated in numerous festivals obtained mention of the jury for the best documentary at the Latin American Film Festival in Flanders and was nominated for the best documentary 2013 at the 4th Tropical Cinema Awards.



2017. El espanto. (67′, Full-length film)

2012. La gente del río. (62′, Full-length film)