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SCREENING: Birds of Passage (Latin American Film Fest @ JHU)

October 17, 2023 @ 5:00 pm 8:00 pm EDT

Screening on JHU Homewood campus, Remsen Hall rm 101

Wayuu, English, and Spanish with English subtitles
With Carmiña Martínez, José Acosta, Natalia Reyes, Jhon Narvåez, Greider Meza, José Vicente Cote, Juan Bautista Martínez

Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra, the creative team behind OscarÂź-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 WayĂșu 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 WayĂșu 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 WayĂșu 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.

2023 Latin American Film Festival – “Birds of Passage,” Colombia