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Birds Eye View: Birds of Passage

This screening will include an expert introduction from Alba Griffin (Newcastle University), whose research focuses on violence and politics in Colombian popular culture. Presented in partnership with Reclaim the Frame, a BFI-backed project run by Birds Eye View with a mission to bring greater audiences to films by women, and to build a more balanced film future that offers cinema fans wider perspectives on the world.


Documenting the true-to-life rise and fall of rival Wayuu clans in northern Colombia, the latest film by Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra (Embrace of the Serpent) is an unexpected take on the cartel genre. Raphayet (José Acosta) is captivated by Zaida (Natalia Reyes) at her "coming out" ceremony, and is determined to come up with the enormous dowry her mother and family matriarch, Úrsula (Carmiña Martínez), demand. The solution to his money woes appears when he and his friend Moisés (Jhon Narváez) meet up with some hippie Peace Corps volunteers who are looking for weed. As everyone’s wealth increases, so too does Moisés’ ego. When he targets Raphayet’s cousin’s clan, a rapid downward spiral ensues, bringing everyone along with it.

Perfectly blending professional and non-professional actors, trappings of Western influence, and exquisite, colourful Wayuu attire, Gallego and Guerra’s Birds of Passage is a fascinating tale of Shakespearean proportions.


BBFC Advice: Contains strong violence, bloody images, sex.


Film Information

Running Time: 2hrs 6mins

BBFC Advice: 15

Director(s): Cristina Gallego & Ciro Guerra

Country of Origin: Colombia, Denmark, Mexico and France

Year of release:

Language(s): English; Spanish and Wayunikee with English subtitles

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