Cert: 15A

Birds of Passage

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
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