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thumbnail Birds of Passage (2018 Columbia)

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Directors: Cristina Gallego, Ciro Guerra
Starring: Carmiña Martínez, José Acosta, Natalia Reyes
Genre:  Drama
Duration:  125 mins

Ciro Guerra and Cristina Gallego’s astounding epic about the origin of the Colombian drug trade told through the perspective of a proud indigenous family. Birds of Passage isn’t out to reinvent the wheel regarding drug-lord narratives. What it brings to the party by setting its near-folkloric narco tale within the insular indigenous Wayuu community deep in the hills of North Colombia is more than just genre exotica (the Wayuu were never subjugated by the Spanish). Part anthropological study, part rise-and-fall epic, this regional spin on the family business saga makes you rethink the notions behind why we watch crime flicks past the vicarious thrills. It’s both foreign and familiar. It’s a capitalism-is-a-virus cautionary tale. It’s the sort of second-hand trip too close to the sun that reminds you why history repeats itself the minute human nature enters the picture.

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