THE POLONIO

EL POLONIO

By Daiana Mariel ROSENFELD, Aníbal Ezequiel GARISTO

RDI DOCUMENTAL - as PROMO

Documentary - Completed 2011

Natalia is 28 years old and she has been living in Cabo Polonio for five years. Located 250 km from Uruguay’s capital city, Montevideo, this beach is a unique and completely isolated place in the world.

    • Year of production
    • 2011
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • ARGENTINA
    • Languages
    • SPANISH
    • Duration
    • 76 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Daiana Mariel ROSENFELD, Aníbal Ezequiel GARISTO
    • Writer(s)
    • Daiana Mariel ROSENFELD, Aníbal Ezequiel GARISTO
    • EIDR 10.5240/6A5C-195F-D1DA-723B-98B9-8
    • Producer(s)
    • Daiana Mariel ROSENFELD, Aníbal Ezequiel GARISTO
    • Synopsis
    • Natalia is 28 years old and she has been living in Cabo Polonio for five years. Located 250 km from Uruguay’s capital city, Montevideo, this beach is a unique and completely isolated place in the world. The town is inhabited by only 60 people who live without electricity, running water or any other amenities, usually defined as our “basic needs”. They do, however, live in a close relationship with nature, the cosmos, the force of the wind and the energy of the sea. Therefore, they live in communion with the whole, without the corruption and the anxiety that characterizes life in the city. It is a different lifestyle, another point of view.
      While Natalia was living in Montevideo, she worked as a jewelry maker and, after getting married and hoping to start a family, Trinidad, her first daughter, was born. Sadly, she never left the hospital due to cardio respiratory complications and three months later, she died.
      Natalia was heartbroken and between panic attacks, psychiatric hospitals and shrinks, she decided travel to Cabo Polonio where she finally chose to settle down. She was searching for an escape, a different way of life, complete isolation. There, she met the rest of the villagers and realized that the people who live there have a common goal: the search for a shelter where they can survive without luxury, away from old memories and closer to the sea.
      She also met 28 year old Pablo. They shared a common dream: a different lifestyle, based on fishing, building and maintaining a house, the hardness of working near the ocean and selling their crafts in the summer (their only resource to subsist during the winter). Together with their dogs, Luca and Amalita, they are an atypical Cabo Polonio family.
      The land that Pablo, Natalia and the rest of the villagers inhabit belongs to the state. Therefore, although they do own their homes, they do not possess the lots they are built on.
      Thus, Natalia’s struggle is fought in two fronts: as an individual, she is trying to move on and overcome her panic attacks as well as quit using antidepressants by living in town that is an isolated paradise, far away from any hospital; on the other hand, due to the amount of natural resources, the reserves of flora and fauna, these lands have become an appealing spot for real estate businesses and oceanic commerce, leaving the fishermen community at imminent risk of being evicted.
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