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The Vampires of Poverty

Agarrando pueblo

Directed by Luis Ospina, Carlos Mayolo
Colombia, 1977
Comedy, Short
A Matter Of Faith: Three Films By Luis Ospina


Two filmmakers travel around impoverished sectors of the cities of Bogotá and Cali in search of the images of abjection needed to complete a documentary commissioned by German TV. Meanwhile, another camera captures these “vampire” filmmakers feeding off the misery of their marginal subjects.

Our take

We were shaken by the recent death of Colombian legend Luis Ospina, whom we had the honor to work with on this selection. Presented in all its restored glory, Vampires is a Latin American cinema landmark—it coined the term pornomiseria (poverty porn), changing the course of documentary film forever.

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