Scene from the film The Vampires of Poverty
Scene from the film The Vampires of Poverty
Scene from the film The Vampires of Poverty

The Vampires of Poverty

  • Colombia
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A TV film crew is shooting in the streets of Cali searching for poor people, bums, whores, street kids, in order to build a mise-en-scene of misery. An action film simulating a documentary about filmmakers who exploit poverty for commercial purposes. A scathing critic with a touch of black humour against “misery porn” and the opportunism of those filmmakers who make “socio-political” films in the Third World to make money and win prizes in Europe.


  • Original title
    Agarrando pueblo
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Carlos Mayolo, Luis Ospina
  • Cast
    Eduardo Carvajal, Carlos Mayolo, Luis Alfonso Londoño, Ramiro Arbeláez
  • Duration
    29 min (16-30 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Colombia
  • Colour
    • Colour
    • Black & White
  • Awards
    • First Award, III Colcultura Festival, (Bogotá, 1978)
    • Novais-Teixeira Award (French Syndicate of Film Critics) Lille International Shortfilm Festival (Francia, 1979)
    • Interfilm Award, Oberhausen International Festival (Alemania Federial, 1979)
    • Jury’s Mention, International Festival of Bilbao, (España, 1979) is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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