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Birds of Passage (15)

A crowd with scarves on their heads

The origins of the Colombian drug trade, as seen through the eyes of an indigenous Wayuu family.

This unexpected take on the cartel genre follows one ambitious matriarch trying to stake her claim on the Colombian marijuana boom of the '70s. As her clan develops a taste for wealth and power, they must confront the erosion of their traditions in pursuit of material wealth.

"You do not have to have Wayuu ancestry, or any connection to the region to understand the broader implications of this epic story of haunted druglords and ruthless power grabs that are partly predicated on traditional beliefs and shibboleths. ...[Birds Of Passage] is wildly alive, yet it reminds us that no matter how modern we are, there are ancient songs our forebears knew whose melodies still rush in our blood." - Jessica Kiang, The Playlist

Tagged with: Cinema New releases

Colombia/Denmark/Mexico/Germany 2018 Dir Cristina Gallego, Ciro Guerra 125 min

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