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Birds of Passage

Pájaros de verano

2018, Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra, Colombia/Denmark/Mexico, 125 min.
With Carmiña Martínez, José Acosta

Show Times

  • Fri, Apr 5th 3:45pm
  • Fri, Apr 5th 7:45pm
  • Sat, Apr 6th 5:00pm
  • Sun, Apr 7th 3:00pm
  • Mon, Apr 8th 7:45pm
  • Tue, Apr 9th 6:00pm
  • Wed, Apr 10th 8:00pm
  • Thu, Apr 11th 6:00pm
Plays In: Panorama Latinx

“Part ethnographic documentary, part THE GODFATHER…the movie is a knockout."--David Edelstein, New York Magazine

“An ambitious follow-up to the Oscar-nominated EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT…few films have captured quite so powerfully the tension between the old and new worlds.”--Peter Debruge, Variety

From the Oscar-nominated makers of EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT comes this eerily brutal and richly colorful tale of the rise and fall over two decades of a family of the indigenous Wayuu clan of northern Colombia, when their tribal heritage and mystic beliefs come up against the temptation of riches from drug trafficking. Divided into five sections punctuated by narrative chants, the saga begins with the coming of age of Zaida (Natalia Reyes), daughter of tribal matriarch Úrsula (Martínez). A ritual dance culminates in Zaida’s choosing of a mate--handsome but impoverished Rapayet (Acosta), newly returned from the outside world. To earn her dowry, he turns to selling marijuana to hippie Peace Corps workers, the first step into a lucrative trade that will quickly become a vast family business bringing unimaginable wealth along with the curse of rivalry, betrayal, and warfare. Tribal bonds are tested and machismo falls short in the face of Úrsula’s ruthless resolve to protect her family. In Wayuu, Spanish, and English. DCP digital widescreen. (BS)

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