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Embrace of the Serpent

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Embrace of the Serpent (El abrazo de la serpiente)

Directed by Ciro Guerra

  • Colombia 2015; 125 min
  • Original version: Cubeo, Huitoto, Wanano, Tikuna, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Catalan, Latin
  • Genre: Drama
    • C.I.C.A.E. Award - Directors' Fortnight
    • Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize - Sundance FF
    • Hubert Bals Fund Dioraphte Award - IFFR

  • Colombian submission for the Academy Awards
    Toronto IFF

  • From the director of BIRDS OF PASSAGE presented at CineMart
    From the director of BIRDS OF PASSAGE presented at Berlinale Co-Production Market


EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT tells the epic story of the first contact, encounter, approach, betrayal and, eventually, life-transcending friendship, between Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman, last survivor of his people, and two scientists that, over the course of 40 years, travel through the Amazon in search of a sacred plant that can heal them. Inspired by the journals of the first explorers of the Colombian Amazon, Theodor Koch-Grunberg and Richard Evans Schultes.

Director's Statement

Whenever I looked at a map of my country,
I was overwhelmed by great uncertainty.
Half of it was an unknown territory, a green sea, of which I knew nothing.
The Amazon, that unfathomable land, which we foolishly reduce to simple concepts. Coke, drugs, Indians, rivers, war.
Is there really nothing more out there?
Is there not a culture, a history?
Is there not a soul that transcends?
The explorers taught me otherwise.
Those men who left everything, who risked everything, to tell us about a world we could not imagine.
Those who made first contact,
During one of the most vicious
holocausts man has ever seen.
Can man, through science and art, transcend brutality? Some men did.
The explorers have told their story.
The natives haven’t.
This is it.
A land the size of a whole continent, yet untold. Unseen by our own cinema.
That Amazon is lost now.
In the cinema, it can live again.




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