THE DOCK

EL DIQUE

By Sergio GOYA, Miguel GOYA

MARIA EUGENIA LOMBARDI (INDEPENDENT) - as PROD

Social issues - Completed 2019

In the middle of the mist, an immense iron structure floats. The Dock 5D used to repair
ships and boats for the distribution of dredging and beaconing in the port of Buenos
Aires. The remains of the crew used, a small group of men, move their spaces and quietly
attend its slow extinction. The relationship between these men and the machine, was
loaded with meaning over the years. Today, it translates into an elegy that awaits its
inexorable end.

    • Year of production
    • 2019
    • Genres
    • Social issues, True Story, Documentary
    • Countries
    • ARGENTINA
    • Languages
    • SPANISH-ARGENTINE
    • Budget
    • 0 - 0.3 M$
    • Duration
    • 70 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Sergio GOYA, Miguel GOYA
    • Writer(s)
    • Miguel GOYA
    • Producer(s)
    • María Eugenia LOMBARDI (80 Mundos), Incaa INCAA (INCAA)
    • Synopsis
    • Juan, a man of 60 years, walks through a gloomy machines room. He turns on panels and pumps, tests the operation of each one and continues with the next. He is located inside the D5 dock: a structure of 149 meters long, 14 meters high, acquired by the Argentine state in the year 1975 and designed to repair the dredger fleet. Almost forty years later, like so many other times, Juan notes that one of the pumps does not work properly.
      In spite of that, the dock must continue to operate with difficulty and a boat of a private one rises on the repairing surface. As the repairs in the shift boat progresses, Juan is immersed in the memory and observes with a historical perspective the workplace itself and his companions. From their passing through the secondary school from where the workers, engineers and the personnel of the different branches of the distribution, passing through the warehouses and garages where each one of them transited in full productive effervescence, until the experiences of his companions when were dismissed as part of an overall state disruption program. Even so, the crew faces daily work in the dock and the search for the spare part to repair the bomb forces them to travel through the semi abandoned warehouses of the distribution, the garages that are still in activity and even a strange pilgrimage through the deposit of abandoned boats searching what is necessary to continue operating.
      In a way, Juan looks back at his companions in the light of the years that have passed, their little tricks, their personal spaces and those ties created for being so long linked to the same work. The conclusion of the sandblasted in the hull of the ship puts an end to the repair work and the times are shortened for the crew: they must operate the dock correctly to be able to lower it and receive another order.
      Concerned about end of the arrangements, Juan walks thoughtfully for that place that they held on for so many years. It is their sustenance and a space of sociability for them. With many uncertainties about the operation of the pump, the crew decides to make the descent maneuver of the ship and again they are given to that great ritual that is the core of their work.
      After the stress and the success of the maneuver, they are there again: this empty esplanade. They eat and toasting happy as after each maneuver, but Juan is not in the same tune. He looks at his companions and cannot help but think that the ship that is moving a few kilometers away, crossing the waters of Rio de la Plata, could be the last one.