Release date: 1982
In 1977 Columbian filmmaker Luis Ospina co-directed a short film with Carlos Mayolo entitled the Vampires of Poverty. The film was a retort to a certain type of documentary in which, in the words of the filmmakers, “poverty became a shocking theme and a product easily sold, especially abroad, where it is the counterpart to the opulence of consumption”. This sensationalist documentary type could be said to have evolved in the West to the concept of “Benefits Porn”, where the poor are manipulated into being the source rather than the victim of societal ills and the disabled are made scapegoats for the sins of capitalism.
For Ospina, the vampire figure was an allegory and never more so than in his feature film Pura Sangre. In it you will not meet a supernatural vampire, but you will meet capitalist vampires, serial killers and belief in the “Monster of the Valley” an urban legend that might have been believed to be a supernatural vampire. Ospina said of the vampire, “The story of the vampire has always been a political one. It is a tale of power.” Please note that the copy of the film that I watched was a low-res upload to YouTube, which is telling in the screenshots. I assume its washed-out nature was a fault with the print and not the original film.
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The imdb page is here.