One Street Away

(A una cuadra)
Reed Purvis | Documentary

2021 | 50 minutes | Argentina, United States

An intimate portrayal of overlooked communities in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the film reveals the resilience and humanity of marginalized residents despite negative stereotypes.


One Street Away is an intimate and honest portrayal of the overlooked communities in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The spaces where its shanty towns can be found were, until very recently, left blank on maps, yet their associations with crime and poverty are well-known and perpetuated by local media. Tourists visiting Buenos Aires are often warned not to wander into the so-called ‘villas miserias’. 

But inside is a very different story. One Street Away follows three marginalised communities in Argentina’s capital as they strive to find their voices and build better lives for their families. Residing in self-made settlements, theirs is a story of humanity, community, and resilience in the face of economic and social inequality.

Main credits

Purvis, Reed (film director)
Purvis, Reed (film producer)
Bassenger, Martina (film producer)

Other credits

Cinematographers, Reed Purvis, Flavio Dragoset, Gastón Guevarra; editing, Josh Bullock; music, Oliver Keen.

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International Social Change Festival - Geopolitical & World Affairs; Lund International Architecture Film Festival

DIRECTOR: Reed Purvis

NATIONALITY: Argentina, United States

YEAR: 2021

GENRE: Documentary


COLOR / B&W: Color

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School, High School, College, Adults



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