Birds of Passage 15

Pájaros de verano

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This film was last shown on 30 May 2019

There will be a screening with an extended introduction and space for open discussion after the film on 20th May, as part of our ongoing partnership with Birds Eye View's Reclaim the Frame. Tickets available here.

From the Oscar®-nominated team behind Embrace of the Serpent, comes another intoxicating, ground-breaking cinematic saga. Centring the Wayúu indigenous people during the violent origins of drug trafficking in Columbia, Birds of Passage is a fiery exploration of the erosion of tradition in pursuit of power and wealth.

Torn between his desire to become a powerful man and his duty to uphold his culture’s values, Rapayet enters the drug trafficking business and finds quick success, despite his tribe’s matriarch’s disapproval. Ignoring ancient omens, Rapayet and his family get caught up in a conflict where honour is the highest currency and debts are paid with blood. Visually breath-taking, this exploration of loyalty, greed, and untameable change is a must-see.


Ciro Guerra, Cristina Gallego
Colombia, Denmark, Germany, Mexico, Switzerland
2 hours 6 minutes
Carmiña Martínez, José Acosta, Natalia Reyes


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