Birds of Passage
Guajira, Northern Colombia, 1970s. Wayuu tribe-member Zaida (Natalia Reyes) has come of age, leaving formidable matriarch Ursula (Carmiña Martínez) with the important task of finding a suitable match. Though her instincts warn her against ambitious young Rapayet (José Acosta), the pair are soon to be wed. But when Rapayet and his friends stumble onto a plan to sell marijuana to visiting Americans, the trappings of sudden wealth and violent power soon incite a war that threatens to tear the two families and their ancient traditions apart.
Why You Should See This Film
An epic, visually exquisite story about the destabilising effect of Western influences on the rituals of a proud indigenous family, Birds of Passage is the latest masterpiece from the creators of the Oscar-nominated Embrace of the Serpent. Named as Colombia’s official submission for the 2019 Academy Awards – after screening at Cannes Film Festival, London Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival – this extraordinary story bursts with eye-popping costumes, surreal imagery, vivid sound design and glorious cinematography.