In Buenos Aires there is IMPA: the oldest Argentine occupied factory. 

From the beginning, in 1998, there is the idea of sharing the spaces left empty by the factory - which are endless - with the neighborhood near the plant, Almagro.

While the production of aluminum products continues,  IMPA sees the birth and growth of  a training center, an adult education center, a radio and a TV self-managed, two theater companies, a medical clinic and much more.

These experiments are flanked by dozens of laboratories, sport activities, groups: dance, music, arts. Based on voluntary participation, IMPA lives a perpetually precarious condition, because it is day and night under the risk of being swept away by a judicial eviction. It has to cope with the constant possibility of losing everything.

The film portrays a choral fresco of this wonderful experiment, constantly evolving, and through the stories of Kike, Laura and Murua, we enter into its extraordinary everyday life.

IMPA is large and real, the events that animate it are concrete, powerful, alive. The main push to raise awareness of this reality is to show its irreducible uniqueness and complexity, which makes this block in the heart of Buenos Aires a rich scenario.

An opportunity that you need to grasp here and now because IMPA is a fragile and unique environment.

IMPA is a kaleidoscope of images, a perfect representation of South American vitality, and it is the tale of a revenge to today's society. I want to represent the essence of IMPA through three exemplary stories, immersed in the life of IMPA.

The three characters are united by their role: they are individuals at the center of a group, always under the gaze of their community, a very interesting condition to be explored from a visual point of view and film narrative. The ideal device for this type of representation is participant observation, to accompany  the three characters through their stories with empathy and discretion.


Diego Scarponi
Diego Scarponi
Diego Scarponi
Director of photography
Ramiro Civita (ADF)
Film Editor
Lorenzo Martellacci
Carolina Sandoval (suono presa diretta)
Altri credits

Niccolò Bosio (Audio Mix e Sound Design); Jacopo Quadri (Supervisione montaggio); Paolo Rapalino, Zenit Arti Audiovisive (Color Grading e Finishing); Alessandro Ingaria, Associazione Culturale Geronimo Carbonò (Coordinamento post-produzione); Paolo Bosio (Fotografo di scena); Alejandro Maly (Assistente cameraman); Nazareno Russo (Assistente fonico); Lorenzo Martellacci (Seconda camera).

Organizzatore generale
Paolo Bosio, Marina Zeising
Executive production
Paolo Bosio, Marina Zeising
Paolo Bosio, Marina Zeising
Actitud Cine, Don Quixote, in associazione con gargagnànfilm
con il sostegno di Film Commission Torino Piemonte - Piemonte Doc Film Fund - produzione giugno 2018
Assistente alla regia
Lorenzo Martellacci
Assistente di produzione
Ingrid Ross Aguirre
Last update: 24 November 2020