“Blood Business” (2017) IMDb

Extent

Seen in 2019.

Subject

The international business of blood plasma in the medical industry, from paid Cleveland “donors” to immunodeficient Swiss patients.

Commentary

Though not a trashy production, the slow, poorly lit setup of this piece seems to suggest a vampire cabal or something equally sinister, when in fact the only problems the journalists uncover are US poverty, run-of-the-mill corporate greed and some unquantified risk of blood-borne diseases, elevated as a result of paying people to provide a commercially valuable commodity. All of these things are real problems but the presentation is poor.

moving picture non-fiction