Mockumentary that satirizes one of the few mediums that undoubtedly have the power to transcend frontiers and raise awareness. Without a more specific definition of the mocking target, it seems that the journalistic deontological code is under fire here despite the supposed interest in giving visibility to the hardships and perils of so many and, in doing so, bringing them a little closer to their fellow men.
A funny and well-thought mockumentary, possibly the best that has been made in Colombia, spawned thanks to terrible helmers, social turmoil and plenty of grudges. Taken aback by the success of a certain trend of non-fiction films, Ospina and Mayolo pay a visit to the country's capital to poke and satirize the foreign craving of third-world poverty displays, coining the term "pornomiseria" while they're at it.
"Agarrando pueblo se convierte al mismo tiempo en crítica y en aquello contra lo que dirige sus quejas. Los cineastas quieren poner en evidencia las mañas de ese cine de explotación, y para lograrlo se ven obligados a usar las mismas herramientas, aunque en tono de farsa." http://butacaancha.com/mubi-presenta-agarrando-pueblo-de-carlos-mayolo-y-luis-ospina/
70s Colombia, like the the 2000s Philippines, had a big problem with the proliferation poverty films shot in guerrilla style for export to European countries. The film is critical to that filmmaking tradition with a high proximity to Martinez' BABAE SA SEPTIC TANK (2011). On a second thought, was this what inspired Babae sa Septic Tank? I wonder.... I wonder....