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BIRDS OF PASSAGE

From the team behind the extraordinary, award-winning Embrace of the Serpent (2015), Birds of Passage charts the rise and fall of rival clans in late 1960s northern Colombia. 

A hefty dowry set by Ursula, the formidable matriarch of the Wayuu tribe, leads humble coffee seller and outsider Rapayet on the road to criminality. Turning to selling drugs to fund his marriage to Zaida, Rapayet draws Zaida’s mother into his dodgy dealings and over the course of a decade, the tribe build a ruthless, criminal enterprise in the desert.  

With great attention to the details of Colombia’s indigenous Wayuu customs, Birds of Passage is visually stunning; what makes it so compelling is how the co-directors eschew genre convention to weave these traditions and the natural world into an epic, tragic tale of pride, greed and familial conflict.