NCLAFF: Pájaros de verano | Birds of Passage
At the Carolina Theatre in Durham.
Film directed by Ciro Guerra and Cristina Gallego. Colombia/Mexico/Denmark. 2018. 125 min. Spanish and Wayúu naiki with English subtitles.
In the 1970s, as an American-fueled marijuana boom hits Colombia, farmers quickly turn into seasoned businessmen starting a narco-trafficking era known as "La Bonanza Marimbera." In the Guajira desert, one indigenous Wayúu clan takes a leading role. Guided by matriarch Ursula Pushaina, the "Birds of Passage"-drug runners-face the constant risk of violence and incarceration from the outsiders in Northern Colombia. The cultural differences between the native population and the newcomers begin a brutal war that threatens to destroy the Wayúu way of life. As greed, passion, and honor blend together over the decades, the family's unity, their lives, and their ancestral traditions are all put at stake. A true story, the visually striking Birds of Passage is as much a thriller as it is an anthropological study on the consequences of outside influences to indigenous traditions.
Shown with short film: Alma no olho (Spirit in the Eye)
Free and open to the public.