Birds of Passage

Cristina Gallago, Ciro Guerra (2018)

Carmiña Martinez, José Acosta, Natalia Reyes Rated 15 Run time 126 mins

Set during the decade which saw the marijuana bonanza and the origin of drug trafficking, the indigenous families of Columbia struggle to balance honour, and ancestral traditions with greed and maintaining position.

Unlike any gangster or drug movie you have seen before you will be immersed in the spiritual realism of the local culture, and stunning landscapes which provide both backdrop and support. Interestingly much of the language spoken is not actually Spanish, but a regional dialect used by the families the film follows.

96% – Rotten Tomatoes
7.5/10 – IMDB

“There are ethnographic films and there are crime films. I can’t recall a film before this that does both successfully – but wait, there’s more. Birds of Passage is also an epic tragedy… It’s a breathtaking, moody, elegiac piece of work.”

“Ciro Guerra and Cristina Gallego’s follow-up to their 2015 gem Embrace of the Serpent is a stunner.”

Film review: Powerful Columbian drug trade saga – The Guardian