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OV with English subs

The Vampires of Poverty + REW-FFWD

Agarrando Pueblo
The Vampires of Poverty
Carlos Mayolo/Luis Ospina, Colombia 1977, 28 min., OV with English subtitles

A manifesto-like mockumentary on “misery porn” produced and consumed by the western world. The influential Colombian filmmaker Luis Ospina and his childhood friend Carlos Mayolo act as a film crew working for German TV who chase after poor people, street kids, and hookers in the streets of Cali. A quirky film full of black humour and satire addressing the exploitation of misery in the Global South by the western audiovisual industry.

REW-FFWD
Denis Villeneuve, Canada 1994, 31 min. OV with English subtitles

In his directorial debut short Denis Villeneuve traveled to Jamaica planning to film a travelogue. Instead, he made an experimental documentary about his position as a filmmaker, the cultural shock he experienced, and the people he met. The story about a fictional French-Canadian photojournalist oscillates between psychodrama and documentary: “This human hell is a paradise for photography,” he says at one point.