Birds of Passage

This screening is a part of our 2019 Latin American Film Festival

NR, 125 minutes


From the Oscar®-nominated team behind the genre-defying Embrace of the Serpent, comes an equally audacious saga centered on the Wayúu indigenous people during a crucial period in recent Colombian history. Torn between his desire to become a powerful man and his duty to uphold his culture’s values, Rapayet (José Acosta) enters the drug trafficking business in the 1970s and finds quick success despite his tribe’s matriarch Ursula’s (Carmiña Martínez) disapproval. Ignoring ancient omens, Rapayet and his family get caught up in a conflict where honor is the highest currency and debts are paid with blood. A sprawling epic about the erosion of tradition in pursuit of material wealth, BIRDS OF PASSAGE is a visually striking exploration of loyalty, greed, and the voracious nature of change. (2019, Cristina Gallego & Ciro Guerra, Colombia, Wayuu & Spanish with English subtitles, 125 min, NR)

“BIRDS OF PASSAGE is a standout in the sprawling drug-empire genre, showing the effects of the trade on locals and refusing to romanticize the family at its center.” — Sara Stewart, New York Post

“Absorbingly told through the eyes of its indigenous characters, the movie, isn’t just a subtitled narco picture. It’s a remarkable portrait of a little-known culture.” — Anita Katz, San Francisco Examiner

“The screenwriters’ way of describing this world’s fall from grace due to the lures of money and luxury has the power and inevitability of classic tragedy.” — Godfrey Cheshire,

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