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2023 Latin American Film Festival – “Birds of Passage,” Colombia
October 17 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
“Pájaros de Verano,” dir. Cristina Gallego & Ciro Guerra, Colombia
Wayuu, English, and Spanish with English subtitles
With Carmiña Martínez, José Acosta, Natalia Reyes, Jhon Narváez, Greider Meza, José Vicente Cote, Juan Bautista Martínez
ACADEMY AWARD® COLOMBIA’S SUBMISSION FOR BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra, the creative team behind Oscar®-nominated EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT (also available for your SFC festival), return with this inspired mob epic for the ages — a completely fresh take on the origins of the Colombian drug trade, far from Narcos and Escobar, as told through the story of an indigenous Wayúu family.
In the 1970s, as an American-fueled marijuana boom hits Colombia, farmers quickly turn into seasoned businessmen starting a narco-trafficking era known as “la Bonanza Marimbera.”
In the Guajira desert, one indigenous Wayúu clan takes a leading role. Guided by matriarch Ursula Pushaina, the “Birds of Passage”—drug runners—face the constant risk of violence and incarceration from the outsiders in Northern Colombia. The cultural differences between the native population and the newcomers begin a brutal war that threatens to destroy the Wayúu way of life. As greed, passion, and honor blend together over the decades, the family’s unity, their lives, and their ancestral traditions are all put at stake.
A true story, the visually striking Birds of Passage is as much a thriller as it is an anthropological study on the consequences of outside influences to indigenous traditions.
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- Nov 28: El futuro perfecto, Nele Wohlatz / Argentina
- Dec 5: Freedom Is A Big Word, Guillermo Rocamora / Uruguay
5 PM, REMSEN HALL 101
All films are captioned
The 2023 Latin American Film Festival is co-sponsored by the Center for Advanced Media Studies and the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures.