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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 »