Tag Archives: Ciro Guerra

Ciro Guerra – La sombra del caminante aka The Wandering Shadows (2004)

Two men meet in downtown Bogotá; one is missing a leg, the other is a “silletero,” a man who carries people around for money. Each character bears the burden of a bitter past life. Read More »

Cristina Gallego & Ciro Guerra – Pájaros de verano AKA Birds of Passage (2018)

An audacious saga centred on the experience of the Wayúu indigenous people of north-eastern Colombia between the late 60s and early 80s, as the trade in marijuana takes hold of their culture. The film begins with Rapayet, a penniless Wayúu unusually well-connected to the outside world, wanting to marry the beautiful Zaida despite the opposition of her mother and tribal matriarch Úrsula. In order to deter Rapayet, Úrsula demands a huge dowry of livestock, which he is able to finance by entering the drug-trafficking business, at first tentatively. Before long, Rapayet and his family are enjoying unprecedented material wealth, but become inexorably caught up in a spiralling conflict that traditional rituals of mediation are unable to contain… Read More »

Ciro Guerra – El abrazo de la serpiente AKA Embrace of the Serpent (2015)

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“You are nothing but a white!” So shouts indigenous Amazonian shaman Karamakate (Nilbio Torres) to the seemingly on-the-level but still suspicious German scientist/explorer Theodor (Jan Bijvoet) in Ciro Guerra’s enthralling, politically tinged, psychedelic, historical adventure film Embrace of the Serpent. Reversing the perspective of more familiar movies such as Werner Herzog’s Fitzcarraldo or Roland Joffé’s The Mission, Embrace of the Serpent’s snaky crawl up the river investigates imperialism’s cultural pollution from the inside out, with the mystical Karamakate as a reluctant tour guide in two time periods. Read More »