Tropical Uncanny Film Series: “Under the Same Stars”

 
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Film stills: Stars (Estrellas), 2007. 64 min. © Crudo Films

Film & Video Screenings

Tropical Uncanny: Latin American Tropes and Mythologies Film Series “Under the Same Stars”

Friday, August 15, 2014 @ 1 pm

The Vampires of Poverty (Agarrando pueblo) (Luis Ospina and Carlos Mayolo, Colombia, 1978, 27 min. In Spanish with English subtitles)
Stars (Estrellas) (Federico León and Marcos Martínez, Argentina, 2007. 64 min. In Spanish with English subtitles)

“Under the Same Stars” is a humorous meditation on portrayals of poverty in Latin America, revealing how the poor are manipulated by regional government and media. Luis Ospina and Carlos Mayolo’s 1978 classic The Vampires of Poverty is a scathing satire of what they characterized as “poverty-porn,” while Federico León and Marcos Martínez’s documentary feature Stars follows a group of residents of a downtrodden neighborhood in the outskirts of Buenos Aires who make a living portraying impoverished people in film and television productions.

Screened as part of the film series Tropical Uncanny: Latin American Tropes and Mythologies and presented in conjunction with Under the Same Sun: Art from Latin America Today.

Tropical Uncanny is programmed by Carlos A. Gutiérrez in collaboration with Jerónimo Rodríguez.

Special thanks to Amalia Córdova, Chris Gude, Raúl Guzmán, Pablo León de la Barra, Corey Sabourin, Maria-Christina Villaseñor and Christina Yang.

Thanks to Dora Amorim, CinemaScopio; Agustina Chiarino, Control Z Films; Amanda Guimarães and Rachel Daisy Ellis, Desvia; Marilys Downey; Alex García and Sandro Fiorin, FiGa Films; Natalia Trebik, Le Fresnoy; and Jessy Vega, Interior XIII.

The Vampires of Poverty (Agarrando pueblo)

Stars (Estrellas)