In the 70s, as the american youth embraces hippie culture, marijuana bonanza hits Colombia, quickly turning farmers into seasoned businessmen. In the Guajira desert, a Wayuu indigenous family takes a leading role in this new venture, and discovers the perks of wealth and power. But when greed, passion, and honour blend together, a fratricidal war breaks out and will soon put their family, their lives and their ancestral traditions at stake.
A new film from director-producer team Ciro Guerra and Cristina Gallego. Their last project, Embrace of the Serpent was a critical hit worldwide. Birds of Passage has been nominated for and won numerous awards including award for best film at the Havana Film Festival.
“A rare bird indeed, Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra’s Colombian crime epic is like an indigenous The Godfather… A beautifully crafted, slow-burn crime saga steeped in native traditions.”
– Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter
“South-of-the-border drug stories may be nothing new, but this one stands apart, taking on an almost folkloric dimension as it tracks the potential demise of an entire people.”
– Peter Debruge, Variety
“By exploring the devastating effect of their marijuana export business on two clans of the indigenous Wayuu community, the film serves as an allegory for the tumultuous recent history of the country as a whole.”
– Wendy Ide, ScreenDaily