Construction of a town

Néstor Frenkel

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 nineties. Like they always repeat, almost like a prayer: “what the waters drifted from us, they brought along”.


  • Year 2007
  • Type Documentary
  • Director Néstor Frenkel
  • Producer Sofía Mora
  • DP Diego Poleri
  • Sound Designer Javier Farina