Embrace of the Serpent (2015)
“While Guerra clearly owes a debt to Herzog and Coppola, he blazes his own trail. I can’t wait to take this trip again.” - London Evening Standard
“Embrace of the Serpent is a mystical movie missile from Colombia. It’s ballistic, balletic, sometimes brilliant.” - Financial TImes
At once blistering and poetic, the ravages of colonialism cast a dark shadow over the South American landscape in EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT, the third feature by Ciro Guerra. Filmed in stunning black-and-white, SERPENT centers on Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and the last survivor of his people, and the two scientists who, over the course of 40 years, build a friendship with him. The film was inspired by the real-life journals of two explorers who traveled through the Colombian Amazon during the last century in search of the sacred and difficult-to-find psychedelic Yakruna plant.