From the Directors of Embrace of the Serpent comes this tale of the Colombian marijuana trade of the 1960/70s and a resulting tribal war, which through greed and corruption caused the downfall of a respected indiginous Wayuu family.
When Raphayet persues Zaida for his bride, he cannot affgord the dowry. A chance deal with some Peace Corp volunteers to supply them with marijuana, helps him secure the marriage but starts the family on a tragic path. As tradition, superstition, crime and distrust meet head on, family loyalties crumble resulting in dishonour and bloodshed.
Visually stunning and based on actual events, Birds of Passage is a meandering, breathtaking family drama.
‘…this is an engrossing narco-thriller which deftly balances the storytelling tradition of the Wayuu with the genre conventions of the crime movie and the western.’Wendy Ide, Screendaily
‘It’s powerfully affecting fare; elegiac, evocative and profoundly cinematic.’Mark Kermiode, The Observer
‘….poetic – and shocking…’★★★★ Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian