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Farewell to the soul of Lavapiés! The Documentary about the fast extinction of this historical neighbourhood.


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Lavapies is one of the oldest neighbourhoods in Madrid, one of the few remaining in downtown. Its history is marked by the reception and organization of national and then international migrants. It is known as the UN of Madrid, 88 nationalities exist side-by-side there. It is famous for its political activity, associative activity and collaborative initiatives.

Neighbourhood with major diversity in Europe
Neighbourhood with major diversity in Europe

DOWNTOWN FOR SALE started 2 years ago with the invasion of flyers claiming “We buy your flat”. It happened in such a massive scale that we realized that they were not buying flats, they were buying the entire neighbourhood.

We spent more than a year shooting the streets, squares, bars and people. This is the story of the last mohicans of a neighbourhood. They organize and fight. They refuse to be the last generation that knows and lives in a neighbourhood.

Lavapiés ungentrified?
Lavapiés ungentrified?

Musicians, artists, workers, young and old neighbours make Lavapies a real village
Musicians, artists, workers, young and old neighbours make Lavapies a real village

Tourism and real estate speculation are the threat. They bring new inhabitants, gastrobars, contribute to rent rises impossible to afford, expelled people, closing of traditional shops. Suddenly this working class district that wasn’t even included in travel guides, becomes the new spot. Lavapies stopped being Lavapies to become LavaCool.

A "Corrala", typical in Lavapies buildings
A "Corrala", typical in Lavapies buildings

We spent time and lived with affected neighbours: Teresa, Paco, Piluka, Eduardo, more than 40 years living here; Bodegas Alfaro, Bodegas lo Máximo, bars with more than 80 years of history.

Mayo, Piluka, Bruno, Teresa
Mayo, Piluka, Bruno, Teresa

"I was born and I grew up here."


"Now they sell you multi-cultural and diversity.... Well I tell you what, ¿who makes diversity? The people who live here, don´t they?"


"This is a neighbourhood es barrio, they will not change that, they won’t be able."


"This is Spain; flamenco, ole and bull fighter. ¡Well not! Spain has many more types of life, not only one."


The Team

We are Paola and David.

I’m Paola, filmmaker and neighbour of Lavapies. I had to leave my flat and place that I´ve loved and lived in for 9 years. I met my people to talk and draw up this kind of “death foretold of the last neighbourhood in downtown Madrid”. An area of more than 600 years history.

And I’m David, script, producer, audio internship for need and interviewer for passion. I grew up in the suburbs of Paris and I’ve never felt what a neighbourhood is until I came to Madrid. I also saw in real time how downtown became all the same leaving Lavapiés as the only last traditional area in Madrid.

When we started the project we wanted to show Lavapies as an example of living together and collaborative initiatives.

But suddenly the story turned out to be another and we had no doubt that we had to show people what is happening to our cities and the importance to protect communities and identity downtown.

"Home has no price", Arthur, 9 años. ILP , Citizen Initiative, , November 2017
"Home has no price", Arthur, 9 años. ILP , Citizen Initiative, , November 2017

What will we do with your funds?

We started the production this documentary with our own means because we had no time to find financing and did not want to miss the crucial moment that Lavapies was living. Nowadays, Downtown for sale is a fully produced and edited 55 min documentary. But we still face one last step: post-production. With this, we will release DownTown for Sale.

Crowdfunding will be used for:

  • Color correction

  • Sound mix

  • Music

  • Graphics and Animations

!["The history of the neighbourhood is well represented in its street names.Old trades, hospitals and convent, landscapes and people from another time."

Carlos Osorio, Lavapiés - El Rastro.


All the rewards have names of streets of Lavapies. And they are all thought to create a connection with its people.

We start at one euro because we know that for most people in Lavapies, every euro counts. All rewards are created from the heart and most of them include collaborations from neighbours and characters of the film.

Rewards don’t include delivery cost outside Madrid.

Events such as the private screening will take place in the neighbourhood and do not include travel and accommodation expenses. For any event outside Madrid please contact us before at [email protected]

Jam session in "el Ambulante", 2016
Jam session in "el Ambulante", 2016


We plan to get the documentary ready for release in July. This will be the kick off for the period of rewards, from July the 10th to October the 10th.

We will contact you with all the details.

Sunrising in Lavapiés
Sunrising in Lavapiés


  • What is crowdfunding?

    It's an invitation for you to take part of the project financing part of it. You can contribute from 1 to 500 euros so all together we gather the necessary money to finalize and release our documentary. When you contribute you become a backer of the project and receive a reward for it.

  • What is a backer?

    A backer is someone who gives an economic contribution to the project. He/she becomes automatically a backer or producer and receives a reward for it if we reach 15.000€. If you want to back our project, just select the reward and the money you want to give and insert your credit card data.

  • How does this work?

    What you are doing here is more like a PROMISE of donation. When we gather 15.000€ all together, you will be credited for the donation you promised, the the project will go on and you will receive your reward.

    But if we do not reach 15.000€, you will NOT be credited, the project will not receive the funds and will not release.

    That is why we not only need your contribution but your capacity to bring more backers in the project. Go and bring lovers of Lavapies, of other neighbourhoods with the same issues, lovers of human stories, documentaries...

  • How long does the campaign last?

    The campaign will last 40 days, no more no less. What you see under the video in the presentation of the project is the REMAINING days.

  • Can I pay via PayPal?

    We decided not to use Paypal as their commissions are too expensive and would impact on our funding.

  • Why do I see the description in Spanish?

    We offer a description in English as well as Spanish.You can change the language clicking in the language menu bar at the top right of the page (EN=English, ES=Spanish).

Do you have any other queries or questions?


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  • Paola


    over 4 years

    Gracias vecino, amigas, amigos y amantes de los barrios !

  • emea


    over 4 years

    Gracias, de un vecino del barrio.

  • Bibi


    over 4 years

    Suerte amigos !!

  • iratxeperez


    over 4 years

    ¡Mucha suerte con el proyecto! Espero que consigáis el 100% y salga adelante. Iratxe Pérez

  • lafraila


    over 4 years

    de parte de Fabri y la Martita

  • Spéri


    over 4 years

    Animo en la ultima linea recta!

  • Paola


    over 4 years

    Gracias Isa, Ma Paula, Celine, Teatro del Barrio y San Dra por confiar y aportar feedback al proyecto.

  • San Dra

    San Dra

    over 4 years

    En el 2014 llegué por primera vez a Madrid y pocos meses después empecé a vivir en un lugar del que me enamoré: LAVAPIES, un lugar que siento propio, cercano, querido y que fue la razón para que decidiera volver a España y quedarme aquí. A miles de kilometros de "mi tierra", encontré "mi barrio" y hoy está en riesgo de desaparecer entre maletas de turistas, pisos de airbnb, negocios inmobiliarios y grandes comercios que están echando a los vecinos de toda la vida por las estrepitosas subidas de alquiler. Hace muchos años no tenía ese sentimiento de querer un lugar, menos un barrio, y hoy que tengo la oportunidad de hacerlo los quiero invitar a apoyar este proyecto, un documental que denuncia cómo grandes intereses económicos quieren pasar por encima de la historia y las personas de un barrio de más de 600 años que acoje a unas 80 nacionalidades y en el que los artistas y los movimientos sociales son el alma de sus calles.

  • Teatro del Barrio

    Teatro del Barrio

    over 4 years

    El Teatro del Barrio somos parte de Lavapiés y creemos en la importancia de mantener el barrio como barrio. La convivencia pacífica de todas las vecinas de tantas nacionalidades es un valor que no queremos perder.

  • celine


    over 4 years

    Bonne chance David !!

#05 / First milestones for "Downtown For Sale"

Hi dear backers

We have been running for 1 year now in festivals with our documentary "Downtown for sale". And we are glad to share with you that we were selected in:

  • Better Cities Film festival - USA, Oficial Selection

  • El ojo Cojo - Europa - Oficial Selection

  • MadriFF - España, Oficial Selection

  • European Cinematography Awards - Best edition.

Festivals Selection
Festivals Selection

There will be some online screenings in events during these festivals - it will be online due to the situation of the virus.

We are proud to be part of these festivals because they focus on stories about cities and social issues. Our impact will only be higher.

Once again thanks for support this story,
"Your neighbour, your people"

#04 / Recorrido del documental hasta ahora

Querid@s mecenas!

Llevamos 1 año de recorrido en festivales con nuestro documental "Compramos tu barrio" y queremos compartir que hemos sido seleccionados en:

  • Better Cities Film festival - USA, Selección oficial

  • El ojo Cojo - Europa - Selección Oficial

  • MadriFF - España, Selección Oficial

  • European Cinematography Awards - Best edition.

Compramos tu barrio - Selección Festivales
Compramos tu barrio - Selección Festivales

Tendremos proyecciones dentro del circuito de algunos de estos festivales, serán eventos online por las circunstancias actuales de nuestra sociedad. Estamos muy contentos porque significa el reconocimiento en festivales que buscan sensibilizar y dar visibilidad a temáticas sociales y de la ciudad.

Una vez más os agradecemos haber apostado por esta historia.

Un saludo especial y feliz semana para tod@s.
"Tu barrio, tu gente"

#03 / El docu llega cargado de...


Nos alegra volver con noticias.

Hemos terminado de preparar vuestras recompensas y pegar cada etiqueta para el envío. Ha sido emocionante volver a ver vuestros nombres y leer los diferentes lugares desde donde nos llegó apoyo!!! Gracias :)

Gracias a todas y todos por vuestra paciencia y por seguir apoyándonos.


allí van
allí van

Quienes tenéis acceso al link, recordar que está disponible hasta el 15 de Octubre. Por favor, enviarnos vuestras impresiones, nos encantará seguir en contacto.

También queremos compartir que el documental está teniendo gran acogida en medios de comunicación, asociaciones, universidades y festivales. Nos alegra que la historia cautive y tenga eco, esperamos llegar a más lugares. Si creéis que alguien o algún espacio puede estar interesado en conectar con el documental, no dudéis en conectarnos.

Y por último os queremos dejar rastro de algunas de las entrevistas que hemos tenido sobre el documental.
El País


RNE5 en directo desde Bodegas Lo Máximo
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#02 / Recta final para que se vea Compramos Tu Barrio

Tras un mes de post-producción ya tenemos una versión original y otra subtitulada al inglés de Compramos Tu Barrio. Nuestra peli tiene música, gráficos y animaciones con la calidad técnica de imagen y sonido que habíamos soñado. Y todo eso gracias a vosotrxs.

"El" Cartel

Y os tenemos una mejor noticia: estrenaremos el lunes 2 de Septiembre a las 20h en el Teatro del Barrio en Lavapiés. Como parte de su recompensa, los mecenas Argumosa estarán en lista y serán nuestros invitados especiales. También contaremos con la presencia del equipo técnico, algunos de los personajes de la peli y los autores. Será una oportunidad única para verlo o invitar a quienes creais que deberían verlo.

Todxs los que quieran participar podrán adquirir entradas en la web del teatro del barrio. Por favor corred la voz.

Será el pistoletazo de salida para… read more

#01 / Para los que no sepáis como funciona esto...


Hemos recibido muchas preguntas sobre lo que es una campaña de crowdfunding y lo que necesitamos. Resumimos en este texto las preguntas frecuentes con algunas respuestas.

Crowdfunding o micro mecenazgo ¿Qué es?

Es una invitación para que participes a la financiación de nuestro proyecto. Puedes aportar desde 1 euro hasta 500 euros para que entre todos reunamos el dinero suficiente para terminar y estrenar el documental. Al hacer tu contribución te conviertes en mecenas y parte del proyecto. Para agradecértelo hemos ideado varías recompensas.

¿Qué es un mecenas?

Alguien que aporta dinero al proyecto seleccionando una de las recompensas. Se convierte automáticamente en productor del proyecto y recibirá su recompensa si se alcanza la meta de los 15.000€. Si quieres ser mecenas de este proyecto solo tienes que elegir la recompensa y poner los datos de tu tarjeta de crédito.

¿Pero esto cómo funciona?

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