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Birds of Passage DVD



A film by Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra
A Film Forum Premiere

“Critic’s Pick. Even as you may be reminded of other sweeping chronicles of fortunes made and souls undone by ambition and greed — GIANT, THE GODFATHER, even ‘Breaking Bad’ — your perception of the world is likely to be permanently altered. The experience made me think of some of my favorite movies (I’ll add Visconti’s LA TERRA TREMA to the list), but it’s also like nothing I’ve ever seen before.” 
– A.O.Scott, The New York Times

“An ethnographic thriller… The directors, Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra, examine [Wayuu] traditions with ardent attention; their poised, richly textured images both unfold the action in tense detail and enmesh it in its social context, rescuing cultural memory from tragic devastation.”
– Richard Brody, The New Yorker

BIRDS OF PASSAGE follows the emergence of the drug trade from the perspective of the narcotic-harvesting tribes of the Colombian Guajira desert. As American demand for marijuana grows in the 1970s, a cash bonanza hits Colombia, quickly turning farmers into hard-nosed businessmen. A Wayuu family discovers the perks of wealth and power, plus the dangers inherent in mixing greed, passion, and honor. A drug-trade fratricidal war puts at risk the family’s new-found status, their ancestral traditions, and their very lives. Directors Ciro Guerra and Cristina Gallego (creators of EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT) lend a vivid, colorful ethnographic grounding to this true story of the South American drug wars. – Karen Cooper, Director, Film Forum

DVD extras include:

  • Behind The Scenes: Production
  • Behind The Scenes: The History of La Bonanza Marimbera
  • Trailer


Special price: $22 plus tax and handling. Merchandise will be delivered within 2 weeks of order.

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