Directed by Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra (Colombia/Denmark/Mexico, 2018, 125 min.). Digital. Wayúu, Spanish, and English with English subtitles.

From the Oscar-nominated team behind the genre-defying Embrace of the Serpent comes an equally audacious saga about drug trafficking in Colombia in the 1970s, centered on the indigenous Wayúu people. Torn between his desire to become a powerful man and his duty to uphold his culture’s values, Rapayet (José Acosta) begins selling marijuana to American hippies who are visiting Colombia with the Peace Corps, finding quick success despite the disapproval of his tribe’s matriarch (Carmiña Martínez). 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. Birds of Passage is Colombia’s entry for Best Foreign Language Film in this year’s Oscar race.

“The sprawling, colorful ensemble narrative plays like The Godfather by way of Werner Herzog . . . In the canon of Colombian cinema to date, it stands out as a masterpiece of cultural biography.”—Eric Kohn, IndieWire

Co-presented with the Boston Women’s Film Festival.

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