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The Vampires of Poverty (1977)

Agarrando pueblo (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Short
Fictional film that simulates being a documentary about filmmakers who exploit the misery with mercantilist purposes. It is a scathing criticism "porno-misery" and the opportunism of the ... See full summary »

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Carlos Mayolo
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Luis Alfonso Londoño Luis Alfonso Londoño
Carlos Mayolo
Ramiro Arbeláez Ramiro Arbeláez
Eduardo Carvajal Eduardo Carvajal
Javier Villa Javier Villa
Fabián Ramírez Fabián Ramírez
Astrid Orozco Astrid Orozco
Jaime Ceballos Jaime Ceballos
Dudman Adolfo Murillo Dudman Adolfo Murillo
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Fictional film that simulates being a documentary about filmmakers who exploit the misery with mercantilist purposes. It is a scathing criticism "porno-misery" and the opportunism of the dishonest documentary making "socio-political documentaries" in the third world to sell them in Europe and win prizes. Written by Diego Alvarez

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Many scenes appear to be carried out in slums of Cali, but as they say it the image of "La Rebeca" fountain appears. This fountain is located in Bogota's Downtown. See more »

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19 May 2020 | by Lynchian696See all my reviews

It is Quite interesting how foreign festivals consistently love seeing people living in misery and give honors to Asian films depicting poverty and crime: from Mike de leon "Aliwan Paradise" to Lamberto V. Avellana's "Anak Dalita" to Lino Brocka's "Insiang" to Brillante Mendoza's "Kinatay" to Hirokazu Koreeda's "Shoplifters" and to Joon-ho's "Parasite" as the meandering camera is Orientalizing. But here is Vampires Of Poverty (Agarrando Pueblo), a parody movie that called out filmmakers exploiting poverty in Latin America in the 70s, sort of a mock-docu on the practice of pornomiseria (poverty porn) to garner film festival acclaim with CS Lewis "Culture of Poverty" being an underlying element to the entire plot. A pivotal, iconic work of Colombian indie cinema, timeless and must-see manifesto on misery porn by Carlos Mayolo & Luis Ospina who was part of Cali Group influenced by Tercer Cine movement at vanguard of left-wing filmmaking in Latin America.


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Colombia

Language:

Spanish

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Os Vampiros da Miséria See more »

Filming Locations:

Cali, Valle del Cauca, Colombia

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